LET L-23

LET L-23

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The LET L-23 Super Blaník is a cantilever, high-wing, two-seat glider of all-metal structure. This aircraft is primarily used for flight training.

Design and development

This aircraft has a two-piece canopy, where the first part opens to the right, and the second part opens upwards and to the rear. From serial No. 96-8401 it was delivered with a one-piece canopy, that opens to the right only (with a very small canopy section opening to the rear at the wing root). The maximum number of occupants is two. If the sailplane is to be flown solo, the pilot must be sitting in the front seat and his weight (including parachute and ballast) must be at least 70 kg (154 lb). If the pilot's weight is less than 70 kg (154 lb), it is necessary to use ballast to bring the total weight in the front to at least 70 kg (154 lb). A weighted cushion weighing 15 kg (33 lb) is available to replace the soft seat cushion bottom in the front seat. Additional ballast may need to be added to bring the total to at least 70 kg (154 lb).

The Super Blaník is an improved version of the original LET L-13 Blanik, and is somewhat roomier in front. To save weight, the new wings were made without flaps, which were rarely used. While flaps were eliminated, airbrakes are still included on the L-23. The airbrakes open on both the top and the bottom of each wing. LET also moved the tailplane to the top of the vertical stabilizer for better protection in case of outlanding. It has a new instrument suite and a...
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