Glastar and Sportsman 2 + 2

Glasair aircraft specializes in high-performance, two seat airplanes, but the Glastar and Sportsman 2 + 2 are somewhat different from the speedsters typically offered by this company. The Sportsman 2 + 2 is more powerful (180-200 hp) and offers a 2 + 2 seating arrangement with rather small rear seats. The company claims both aircraft will stall at 48 mph and have cruising speeds above 150 mph.

These airplanes can be fitted with tundra tires and floats and offer quite a bit more cruising speed than other, comparable bush planes. They are both experiemental and not offered in a certified production model. Both aircraft are constructed largely of composite material, which gives the planes exceptionally smooth finishes, and higher cruise speeds. Composite construction gives rise to some concern about field reparability. Glasair claims take-off distances of less than 400 feet at gross weight for both airplanes.

Watch the Glastar land at Goma in the Congo.

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