Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004  models important aircraft and flights from  the 1st Century of Aviation Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004  models important aircraft and flights from  the 1st Century of Aviation Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004  models important aircraft and flights from  the 1st Century of Aviation
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004- A Century of Flight.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

Schweizer SGS 2-32

Descriptions from - www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulator/aircraft_modern.asp


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Through the late 1960s and much of the 1970s, one aircraft stood apart as the world's highest performance multiseat sailplane: the Schweizer SGS 2-32. Many world soaring records were set in 2-32s in both men's and women's categories, including a distance run of 505 miles. In the early 1960s, it was apparent that European manufacturers were beginning to cut into SAC's position as the premier builder of high-performance sailplanes. The European companies could build quality aircraft at 50 percent of the labor costs of the U.S. manufacturer and deliver them to U.S. shores at a price that Schweizer couldn't match. In order to compete, Schweizer had to produce a superior aircraft.

When the 1,000th Schweizer sailplane (a 2-32) was built, SAC held 57 percent of the sailplane business in the United States. But this was not to last. The all-metal SAC planes last indefinitely, and by the mid 1970s, they had nearly saturated the market. Sleek new European fiberglass sailplanes had lower prices and carried a certain cachet that domestic sailplanes did not. SAC eventually ceased production of their sailplane line. When manufacture of the model ended in 1976, a total of only 87 had been delivered. Nevertheless, the 2-32 had already earned a permanent place in soaring history, and remarkably, a 2-32 in good condition today can fetch as much as $50,000. The model is still a popular choice for commercial soaring rides, and if you go to a local soaring center to take a ride, you may find yourself in a Schweizer 2-32.



These images were taken using a GeForce 6600 GTgraphics card,
on a Pentium-4 - 3 GHz - rigged for silent running

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