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Laister LP-15 Nugget

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The Nugget has a flapped aluminum wing in which the skin is bonded rather than riveted to the structure in an effort to match the wave-free surfaces of fiberglass wing skins. The forward half of the fuselage is fiberglass and the portion aft of the trailing edge is metal. Water ballast is carried in the fuselage on the center of gravity. The gear is retractable. The ship was available only as a factory-built product. One Nuget belongs to the National Soaring Museum. ATC


 

Laister LP-46 and LP-49

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The LP-46 13.56 m. / 44.5 ft. span prototype for the LP-49 made its initial flight in 1966. The LP-49 is a Standard Class design that features all-metal laminar flow wings and tail surfaces, a semi-monocoque fiberglass fuselage, a shock-strutted retractable landing gear with an internal wheel well door, a retractable and swiveling tailwheel, an automatic aileron and dive-brake control hookup and internal control-surface counterweights. The ship is approved for spins, loops and wing-over, and has been static tested to 12 g. The LP-49 was sold in both kit form and as a complete, ready-to-fly sailplane. ATC.


Laister-Kauffmann LK-10A ( USAAC TH 4A)

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In 1938 Laister completed a sleek gull-wing sailplane, which was referred to as the Lawrence Tech Sailplane after its sponsor. Repainted red, white and blue and renamed the ‘Yankee Doodle’ it competed in a 1939 aerobatic competition at the Paris airshow. With the need for military trainers on the outbreak of World War II, Laister designed the two-place Yankee Doodle 2 from the original with straight wings and automatic control hook-ups. Under the sponsorship of John Kauffmann, a St. Louis businessman, simplified versions were produced in quantity as TG-4A’s for the USAAC in 1942-43. A flat-top Version with increased performance also has an ATC. A ‘bunnynose’ LK, flown by Harold Hutchinson, held the national multiplace goal record of 399 km/ 248 miles from 1956 to 1967. The Vintage Sailplane Association has copies of the military manuals, color scheme drawings and paint chips available. One LK-10A belongs to the National Soaring Museum. ATC


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