Look What I Made - An Ultralight Glider

I took a pile of aluminum tubing and fabric and made a glider.

The glider weighs about 175 pounds and has a 38’ wing span. I started with a pile of CAD drawings and built it in the garage. I’m a Jalop, self-taught garage mechanic who only had experience turning wrenches on my own vehicles. It took me May to Oct to build it during the evenings and weekends. It’s mostly T6 thin-walled tubing, bolted together with aircraft bolts and hardware. It’s covered with Dacron and painted with Rustoleum’s heavy duty enamel.

This past weekend was the first time I flew it and it was awesome. We used the buggy in the pic above to tow it to about 700’ above the flats. My wife gathered up everyone’s phone videos and put together the following YouTube video. I hope you enjoy watching it.

Remember kids, gets your hands dirty and build stuff! I had always wanted to build something like this.