Award Winning Film Features Wills Wing T2

"Wings - A Rio de Janeiro Dream" by Sylvestre Campe and Nader Couri, features Nader flying his Wills Wing T2 over Rio and around the Christ the Redeemer statue that looks over the city. The footage is beautiful, intercut with shots of local people and some old-time flying, with an infectious, upbeat soundtrack as well.

The Wills Wing T2 represents a complete re-design of the well-respected Talon topless competition class glider. The airframe design, sail cut and airfoil design, and hardware have all been re-designed on the T2 to provide the best possible combination of competitive performance, extraordinary handling, and light weight. All aspects of glider performance – sink rate, L/D and glide retention at speed – have been markedly improved on the T2, and significantly enhanced handling qualities provide further gains in effective performance in both competitive and non-competitive flying.


The T2 incorporates a number of design features originally introduced to the industry by Wills Wing, and now offered on the T2 in a highly refined execution. These include the use of 7075 T6 in the leading edges and keel, (a feature first used on a full serial production glider in January of 1986 on the Sport 167), large diameter 60mm front leading edges with eccentric reduction to 50mm rear leading edges, (HPAT 158 - May 1989), internal shear ribs for accurate control of the sail shape under varying loads, (RamAir 154 - October 1992), all internal, outboard leading edge mounted, cable supported sprog stability system, (Fusion 150 - October 1996), and fully aerodynamic, wind tunnel proven, ultra performance competition control bar (Fusion 150 - June 1999).

The T2 also features a re-designed, lighter weight carbon fiber crossbar, a cam-less, expanded range VG system, and a more rigid sprog stability system with compensating inboard sprogs. With all of this, the weight of the glider has been reduced by three pounds on each model.

The sail features a cleaner, flatter sail cut with expanded double surface, and extremely low twist.

Roll pressures are lighter, and the roll rate is quicker, and yet the glider is more stable on tow, offers improved directional tracking, and is easy to land. Improved sink rate and climb performance allows for an expansion in the upper end of the weight range, allowing a pilot in the transition range between sizes to step down a size, and pick up further enhancements in glide performance at speed.

In the April 2005 Brazilian Nationals Competition, Nene Rotor flew the new T2 in its first competition, and took second place behind World Champion Oleg Bondarchuck, and finished ahead of all Brazilian competitors to take the lead in the Brazilian National Championship series. After posting only a “pretty good” score on his first competition flight on the glider, Nene proceeded to beat his nearest competitor, Betinho Schmitz, on each of the next five consecutive rounds to secure the top Brazilian placing in the meet.

Pilots who want top level competition performance should select the mylar sail option, slipstream control bar configuration, and add the optional carbon inserts. Pilots looking for maximum performance in a recreational configuration should go with the V170 / 205 MT mainsail, Litestream control bar and add the streamlined wheel kit.


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