ES52 Kookaburra

Manufactured in 1962, The Kookaburra Glider was designed by Edmund Schneider and built at Gawler in S.A. It was designed as a 2 place training sailplane for Australian Gliding Clubs. A total of 37 were registered in Australia.

Gliding in Alice Springs commenced from the Townsite Aerodrome where the Museum is located today, before moving to the present Bond Springs Airstrip north of the town. In recent years Alice Springs has been the site of many World Record Gliding Flights.

The particular Glider was acquired by the Alice Springs Gliding Club in 1976 and was used for Club training until February, 1979, when it was withdrawn from service and acquired by the Museum.

Technical Details

Glide ratio: 20:1 at 81km/h / 50.33mi/h

Wingspan: 11.7m / 38’5”

Performance: Maximum Speed 220km/h / 136.7mi/h

Capacity: Pilot and 1 passenger