Dragonfly Bowlus Nelson   

General Details
Manufacturer: Bowlus Nelson
Plane Name:


Classified as: Unclassified
Country Of Origin: U S A
Designer: Hawley Bowlus
No. of Seats 2
No. Built 7
L/DMax: 18


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.
14.42 47.3 15.7 169 263 580 163 360 426 940 27.13 5.56 0 0
Aspect ratio: 13.25
Structure: Molded plywood cockpit pod, aluminum boom, 2-spar wood wing with plywood D-tube, fabric cover aft of spar.

The Dragonfly was an early self-launching sailplan whose marketing was sponsored by the Nelson Engine Company as a vehicle for their two- cycle four cylinder engine. The result was an under-powered sailplane. The Dragonfly features a fully retractable tricycle landing gear with stearable nosewheel, dual control and a ratchet- wire pull starter in the cockpit for engine starts in flight or on the ground. Two examples belong to the National Soaring Museum.


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