Schweizer SGS 2-33
Schweizer SGS 2-33 is an American two-seat, high-wing,
strut-braced, training glider that was built by
Schweizer Aircraft of
Elmira, New York.
The 2-33 was designed to replace the Schweizer 2-22, from which it was
derived. The aircraft first flew in 1965 and production was started in
1967. Production was completed in 1981.
From its introduction until the late 1980s, the 2-33 was the main
training glider used in North America.
4 Operational history
7 Aircraft on display
9 See also
11 External links
The SGU 2-22 two seat training glider was introduced in 1945 and
quickly became the most popular training glider in the USA.
By the early 1960s it became obvious to
Schweizer Aircraft that a
replacement for the 2-22 was needed. At that time the single seat
Schweizer SGS 1-26
Schweizer SGS 1-26 was becoming very popular for one-design
competition flying. The company realized that the new trainer should
have similar performance to the 1-26, in order to be used as the
1-26's two seat transition trainer.
SGU 2-22 production was ended at serial number 258 in 1967 to commence
production of the new model.
The SGS 2-33, indicating Schweizer Glider, Sailplane, 2 Seats, Model
33, was designed by Ernest Schweizer. The aircraft was a derivative of
the 2-22, which in turn was based on the SGU 1-7 single place glider
of 1937. The 2-33 retained the 2-22 and 1-7's metal wing, single spar
and single strut arrangement.
The 2-33 was manufactured in three variants and remained in production
for 14 years. Production was only curtailed when demand dropped off
due to the import of higher-performance two-place sailplanes from
The 2-33 received type certificate G3EA on 10 February 1967.
A number of 2-33s were delivered as kits to the purchaser and
designated as SGS 2-33AK. These were accepted by the Federal Aviation
Administration as certified aircraft and not amateur-builts, subject
Each Model SGS 2-33A glider assembled from a kit is designated Model
SGS-2-33AK. These K models will be eligible for an airworthiness
certificate when accompanied by an affidavit certifying that the
glider is constructed in exact accordance with the approved drawings
and manual, and that the parts and materials furnished by the
manufacturer in the kit have been used; and further when the following
inspections have been satisfactorily passed:
(a) An inspection for workmanship, materials, and conformity before
any covering is applied. (All woodwork may be sealed.)
(b) A final inspection of the completed glider.
(c) Check of flight characteristics.
The 2-33 type certificate is currently held by K & L Soaring of
Cayuta, New York
Cayuta, New York who now provide all parts and support for the
Schweizer line of sailplanes.
The 2-33 was designed to be rugged, easy to maintain and with a high
degree of crashworthiness.
The 2-33 has a welded steel tube fuselage covered in aircraft fabric.
The single-spar, aluminum structure wings are tapered from mid-span
and feature top and bottom balanced divebrakes. The wings are covered
in aluminum stressed skin. The tailplane and elevator are made from
welded steel tube covered in aircraft fabric. The vertical fin is
aluminum stressed skin construction, while the rudder is
The 2-33 has a fiberglass nose cone and a one-piece molded front
canopy. Access to the rear seat is via door on the right-hand side.
Instruments are fitted in the front cockpit only. Most 2-33s have a
four-position bungee trim system, with aircraft starting with serial
number 500 equipped with a "ratchet-lock trim".
United States Air Force Academy operated 13 2-33s as the TG-4A
until they were replaced by the TG-10B (L-23 Super Blanik) in 2002.
The USAFA TG-4s were all donated to other US government agencies, such
Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol or to aviation museums.
Under the 1962
United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system
the USAF 2-33 was designated as the TG-4A. This can cause confusion
World War II
World War II training glider made by Laister-Kauffman and used
United States Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1947. The
Laister-Kauffman LK-10B also bore the designation TG-4A, but from an
earlier USAAF designation system.
There were 254 SGS 2-33s registered in the USA as of November 2017,
47 SGS 2-33
206 SGS 2-33A
1 SGS 2-33AK
There were 93 SGS 2-33s registered in Canada as of November 2017,
15 SGS 2-33
78 SGS 2-33A
The original 2-33 was certified on 10 February 1967 and includes
serial numbers 1 to 85.
The "A" model incorporated some minor changes, including a larger
rudder with an aerodynamic balance horn. It was certified on 7 March
1968 and includes serial numbers 86 and subsequent. The replacement
rudder of the "A" model was available as a retrofit to earlier 2-33s
and some have been upgraded to "A" status.
The "AK" model was an "A" model completed by the buyer from a kit. It
was certified on 19 April 1973.
The SGS 2-33 remains popular with glider schools, the largest operator
Air Cadet League of Canada
Air Cadet League of Canada with a fleet of 54 2-33s and 2-33As
as of June 2011.
Aircraft on display
SGS 2-33A at Wings Museum, June 2007
There is a 2-33A in the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum,
but none in the collection of the National Soaring Museum.
Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1988-89, Pre-Course
Information Package for Glider Candidates
Capacity: one passenger
Length: 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Wingspan: 51 ft 0 in (15.54 m)
Height: 9 ft 3 in (2.83 m)
Wing area: 219.5 sq ft (20.39 m2)
Aspect ratio: 11.85:1
Airfoil: NACA 633-618
Empty weight: 600 lb (272 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 1,041 lb (472 kg)
Stall speed: 36 mph; 57 km/h (31 kn) dual
Never exceed speed: 98 mph; 157 km/h (85 kn) in smooth
air, rough air and aero-tow
Max winch-launch speed: 60 kn (110 km/h; 69 mph)
g limits: +4.67 -2.56
Maximum glide ratio: 22.25:1
Best glide speed dual: 45 kn (83 km/h; 52 mph)
Rate of sink: 187 ft/min (0.95 m/s) dual
Minimum sink speed: 37 kn (69 km/h; 43 mph)
Wing loading: 4.74 lb/sq ft (23.14 kg/m2) max
List of gliders
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Schweizer". Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring
Magazine, page 32. Soaring Society of America, November 1983. USPS
^ a b c d e f g Schweizer, Paul A: Wings Like Eagles, The Story of
Soaring in the United States, pages 227-327. Smithsonian Institution
Press, 1988. ISBN 0-87474-828-3
^ Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring Magazine, page 28.
Soaring Society of America, November 1983. USPS 499-920
^ a b c d Schweizer Aircraft: The Schweizer 2-33 Super Club Sailplane,
Schweizer Aircraft undated
^ a b c d e f
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Aviation Administration (September 2007).
"GLIDER DATA SHEET NO. G2EA" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-05-31.
^ K & L Soaring (n.d.). "K & L Soaring, LLC". Retrieved
^ Schweizer Aircraft: Schweizer 2-33A Sailplane Flight - Erection -
Maintenance Manual, page 1-2B. Schweizer Aircraft
United States Air Force Academy (May 2008). "TG-4A". Archived from
the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
^ "TG-4 Sailplane". Global Security.org. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
^ Activate Media (2006). "LK-10A Laister-Kauffmann". Archived from the
original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
^ Andrade, John: U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since
1909, Page 169 and 170, Midland Counties Publications, 1979,
^ "Make/Model Inquiry Results Schweizer SGS 2-33". registry.faa.gov.
Federal Aviation Administration. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20
Transport Canada (20 November 2017). "Civil Aircraft Registry -
Schweizer SGS 2-33". wwwapps.tc.gc.ca. Retrieved 20 November
^ a b Schweizer Aircraft. "The 2-33 Sailplane
Fight-Erection-Maintenance Manual" (PDF). Archived from the original
(PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
Transport Canada (June 2011). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register".
Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 9 June
^ Munson, J. "Sailplanes in Our Collection". Archived from the
original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
^ John W.R. Taylor, ed. (1988). Jane's All the World's Aircraft
1988-89. London: Jane's Information Group. p. 642.
^ Regional Gliding School (Pacific) (2005). "Pre-Course Information
Package for Glider Candidates" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF)
on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
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