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PZL Bielsko SZD-55

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PZL Bielsko SZD-55
Type designation SZD-55
Competition Class Standard
Crew 1
Length 6.41 m (SZD-55)
Height 1.30 m
Cockpit width 0.55 m (SZD-55)
Cockpit height 0.74 m (SZD-55)
Wingspan 15 m (SZD-55)
Wing area 9.60 m² (SZD-55)
Aspect ratio 23.44 (SZD-55)
Wing profile NN-27
Empty mass ca. 215 kg
Water ballast 195 kg SZD-55
Tail Water ballast 6 kg SZD-55
Maximum mass 500 kg (SZD-55)
Wing loading ca. 32 – 52 kg/m² (SZD-55)
Maximum speed 255 km/h (SZD-55)
Rough air speed 200 km/h (SZD-55)
Stall speed 84 km/h (SZD-55)
Minimum sink rate ca. 0.68 m/s (SZD-55)
Best glide ratio approx. 43:1

The PZL Bielsko SZD-55 is a Standard Class sailplane produced by PZL Bielsko since 1988. It was built in direct competition with the Schempp-Hirth Discus. The SZD-55 is still in production with approximately 20 registered in the United States.

The SZD-55 is built of fiberglass and takes advantage of an elliptical wing. It has top surface Schempp-Hirth type spoilers.

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