USNTOS X-26A Glider

USNTOS X-26A Glider

X-26A Frigate Glider


USN -- Training glider for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.


The X-26A, a variant of the Schweizer SGS 2-32 sailplane, is a two-seat, high performance glider used to train pilots in flying qualities at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. These aircraft are used to increase the student’s knowledge of the dynamics of flight and specifically to demonstrate high lift over drag (L/D) flight characteristics. The only "lift" the gliders get is from a combination of an initial tow by one of the school's two U-6A Beavers and the pilot's skill in navigating thermal air currents.


Primary Function: Training glider for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
Date Deployed: 1962.
Propulsion: None.
Length: 26 feet, 9 inches (7.92 meters).
Wingspan: 57 feet, 1.5 inches (17.37 meters).
Height: 9 feet, 3 inches (2.74 meters).
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 1,430 lbs (650 kg).
Airspeed: 158 miles per hour (254 km/h).
Ceiling: 18,500 feet.
Crew: Two.
Prime Contractor:  Schweizer

Program Status

Production Phase: Operational
Inventory: USN – 2.