visitor David Wagner, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was kind enough to send me photos of his two very fine rocket-powered
gliders - the Sylph and the Wombat. He is also in the process building a
rocket glider based on an article
from the February 1972 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. Hopefully, David will also send a photo of his Cheechako
when it is ready.
Here is David's note:"I just discovered your site and decided
to build the Cheechako rocket glider you've featured. I'm also a model airplane guy who occasionally builds rockets.
I'm only interested in rocket gliders. I often build modified versions of the old 60's rocket gliders, such as the
Estes Falcon you mentioned.
I've attached a couple photos. Both of these fly very well. I always hollow out
the nose cones to place nose weight as far forward as possible. Also, drill a small exhaust hole in the nose and
on each side of the engine housing to handle the Estes ejection charges, which can be extreme and sometimes destructive.
I included a photo of the Wombat delta wing rocket glider because of it's similarity to the Cheechako. It was
built from a very old plan.I added dihedral, which I will plan to do with the Cheechako. Have you tried it with
no dihedral? "
plans for the Sylph rocket-boost glider.
Wombat Rocket-Boost Glider
Unfortunately, I was not able to locate plans for the Wombat
Edmonds Aerospace CiCi rocket-boost-glider.
The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) has webpages for
Boost Glider Plans
Rocket Glider Plans
. The difference
is that Boost Gliders may consist of any number of stages so long as the last stage is the glider, and a Rocket
Glider consists of only a single stage.See all
of David's rocket boost gliders:
Posted November 30, 2013