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Glider

In September 2000, one of Civil Air Patrol's new (1999) gliders was moved into New York.

The glider is an L23 "Super Blanik" made by LET a.s. (a.s. = Inc.) in Kunovice, Czech Republic
and distributed in the U.S. by Blanik America.

The Super Blanik is a popular type. Its type certificate was issued in August 1989, and approximately 250 have been built to date. It is in use by over a hundred glider clubs around the world (list)

Unfortunately the L33 flight manual cannot be viewed on the web. Those who want their own copy can purchase a flight manual, part number L23-FM, for $31.00 postpaid from:

BLANIK AMERICA, INC.
PO Box 1124
Wenatchee WA 98807-1124, U.S.A.
Tel (509) 884-8305 (Mon-Fri, 8-5 Pacific Time)
Fax (509) 884-9198
Email: blanikam@nwi.net

Click here to read an article (on the Blanik America web site) about Civil Air Patrol's purchase of 17 of these gliders.

Here is another picture of an L23 with the CAP paint scheme:

Here is a photo of an L23 being flown at the National Flight Academy held in Bucks County, Pennsylvania:

Photos from the Blanik America web site:

Click on the small picture to get its larger size

Note: clicking on one of the above pictures will take you to the Blanik America web site.

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