R-3 Ross   

General Details
Manufacturer: Ross
Plane Name:


Classified as: Unclassified
Country Of Origin: U S A
Designer: Harland Ross, Marvin Hicks
No. of Seats 1
No. Built 1
L/DMax: 34 93 kph / 50 kt / 58 mph
MinSink: 0.64 m/s / 2.1 fps / 1.24 kt


Span Area Empty Weight Payload Gross Weight Wing Load Water Ballast
m ft sq.m sq.ft kg lb. kg lb. kg lb. kg
kg lb.
15.24 50 13.56 146 218 480 107 235 325 715 23.97 4.9 0 0
Aspect ratio: 17
Airfoil: NACA 63 (3)-618
Structure: all wood

After the RS-1, Ross was commissioned by the Soaring Society of America to design and build the RS-3 ‘Ibis’ for promotion purposes. The R-2 was quite similar to the RS-1 but the gull wing had a 48 ft. span and an all-moving tail was used. It made the first wave flight I the U.S. on Oct. 25, 1938, at White Mountain, New Hampshire. Ross later altered the design to remove the gull wing, change the airfoil and simplify construction for homebuilders, designating it the R-3. Hicks bought a set of plans and built a modified R-3 (RH-3) by extending the wing, using laminar airfoil and flaps, first flying in 1963. The Vintage Sailplane Association has plans.


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