|| wood/fabric wings; steel-tube/fabric fuselage.
The Franklin PS-2 was the 1-26 of the 1930’s and
won three of the first four U.S. Championships.
It gave a start in soaring to notables such as
Richard du pont, Warren Eaton, Floyd Sweet, Stan
Smith and many others. The designation PS-2 was
coined for the intended function of the glider,
a primary and a secondary too. The ship has no
spoilers. Several cross-country tow experiments
were made with the ship. The long-wing
prototype, the Taxaco Eaglet was towed from
California to Elmira by Frank Hawks in 1931.
That ship is now at the Smithsonian Air & Space
Museum. The 1934 Lustig Skytrain experiment had
Jack O’Meara, R.E. Franklin and Stan Smith towed
nose to tail behind a towplane, starting in New
York, dropping a glider in Philadelphia one in
Baltimore and ending in Washington. In a more
normal application, Ralph Barnaby directed a
U.S. Navy primary flight training experiment in
Pensacola, FL using PS-2’s in 1934. The National
Soaring Museum has two examples and another (the
last of the 6 acquired for the U.S. Navy
experiment) belongs to the National Museum of
Naval Aviation at Pensacola, FL.