Monnett Monorai 'S'
Gift of Dr. Walter C. Schiller
The Monorai "S" is a good example of today's smaller high performance sailplanes. This kit-built glider has a wingspan of 39 feet, is 19 ft. 7 in. long and weighs only 293 pounds. Designed by the John T. Monnet Corp., its V-tail and smooth composite construction all contribute to its good soaring capabilities.
Monnett also produced a powered version of the craft, the "P" model, with an engine mounted on a pylon above the fuselage immediately behind the cockpit. The "S" and "P" models are structurally identical.
This plane was built by its donor, Dr. Walter C. Shiller of West Hartford, CT. Of note, it is fitted with optional three foot wing extensions which increases the glide ratio from 28:1 to 30:1.