Website 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
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 rocket glider.
Edmonds Aerospace CiCi rocket-boost-glider.
The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) has webpages for
Boost Glider Plans
and 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
See all of David's rocket boost gliders:
Posted November 30, 2013