Nothing but Legionair Sailplanes 2019

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L140 Pictured,  built in the early 80’s . Flew like a Pen Guin when I first got it and I wasn’t really to impressed . Over the winter a light came on made  some changes , the biggie  was  correcting the decalage.

I had added tow hook in correct location, removed old servos , replaced fragile stab covering and setup in 2016

My Post from Aug 2016

My L140 with a 4 cell 2000mah Eneloop flies at 66.8 oz . The box top Label suggests a 3 1/2 – 4 lb Plane


Flies as good,  If not better then modern RES Sailplanes, of course it can’t be Launched like one, but when up there in the right hands has a chance along with the best of them

Below a collection of Photos I (stole ) from elsewhere, as well as some of my own

Vintage Legion Air sailplane kit.

Span 140″                                       ( 132″ and 100″ where also Kitted by Cecil Haga  )
Area 1325 Sq In
Wing loading 7 Oz

Box top states the following:

Exclusive dura-spar construction
Aluminum tubing tail boom and inboard wing spars
EK-Logitrol servo release tow hook
3 piece white gelkote fuselage
4 piece 8% low drag wing
Precision rule cut ribs
Hand cut plywood details
Super size spoilers
37 Sq Ft rolled plans
Serialized kit

The box top also stated that you provide your favorite sheeting and strip stock.

If that was the case , back when this kit was bought, or someone . bought Midwest micro cut contest balsa as listed below.

fleck l140

Extra Lumber in a recently sold Kit, not sure If the spar wood is there, but there is some needed

8 ea 1/16 x 4 x 36 sheets
5 ea 1/16 x 3 x 36 sheets
1 ea 1/4 x 3 x 36 sheet
Large bundle of various size balsa strips

image1 kit texas

Kit # 24 according to the plans that came with this Kit. Who knows though as these may have passed thru a number of hands over the years, and mixed and matched with other parts from various kits. The left pod half weighs 3.57 Oz and the right 3.66 oz, Kit #24 also includes die cut Ribs

fleck l140 3 2016

Unknown Kit #  The formers and bits and pieces for inside the fuse can be seen sitting in the bottom of the box here. The plywood looks like the type one use for paneling walls back in the 70’s , like Kit #24, perhaps not the best but it works. These pieces all looks to be hand cut and sanded

fleck l140 2 2016

Left and right gelcoated pod halves as well as canopy nice enough , in my view that they don’t even need paint, of course the seams when joined would need to be cleaned and dealt with.

fleck l140 1 2016

The lower aluminum tubes are used for the inboard panels, the larger long tube is for the boom. The lower bent aluminum goes thru the fuse to pick up the wings and the two smaller bent tubes are to pick up the tip panels which are removable

L140 Fins and rudder

These were built slightly different but appear to have the same size. The L134 rudder is different, smaller

P1180846-001 l140 rud

L132 Rudder/ Stab

Legionaire 132 t

New Old Kits, Cottage Industry

Legion Air 5 hosam 2014

Here’s a example of a more recently kitted Legionair ( Cottage Industry, after market) The fuse halves are assembled, and the spars and boom are CF. Not sure what is included for wing joiners. Have not been able to find an example of a built Legionair from one of these kits

Original Legionairs had aluminum booms and spars, CF changes  the flex

No longer a Legionair 🙂  Ribs are Laser cut with TE notches for sheet, the tip panel ribs are designed for no cap strips. AS well the Tip panel is allegedly designed to glue to the inboard panel, so no aluminum joiners for Plug in Play