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Slingsby T.25 Gull 4

Summary
The Slingsby T.25 Gull 4 is a British glider designed and built by Slingsby that first flew in 1947. Development After the Second World War Slingsby wished to produce a high-performance sailplane to be used in the Olympic games. The German DFS Meise, renamed Olympia, had already been chosen as the standard aircraft for the abandoned 1940 games and was produced in large quantities in several countries. The licence for the 'Olympia' was held by the Chilton Aircraft Company so Slingsby had no choice but to design his own version. Due to the identical specification and the use of state of the art construction the Gull 4 emerged with very similar features to the Olympia. A replacement for the Kite 2 was proposed as the T.32 Gull 4B, but this glider did not reach the hardware stage. Design The fuselage was of semi-monocoque wooden construction with plywood skinning throughout over longerons and built up frames, most of which were shared with the Slingsby T.26 Kite 2.
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