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History Takes Flight

With a collection of more than 200 historic aircraft, the EAA Aviation Museum is a year-round destination, combining aviation's past with the promise of its exciting future.

1939 Haufe-Dale Hawk 2 - N18278

Location: Pioneer Airport

The Hawk 2 was constructed in 1939 by Walter Haufe and Leland Hanselman. This glider was designed with ridge lift type soaring in mind. A nine-hour flight was accomplished over High Cliff near Neenah, Wisconsin, by Walter Haufe.

The glider was stored during World War II with the result that some minor damage was incurred. The aircraft was acquired by C. VanAirsdale in 1954 and was restored by L. Hanselman, H. Edward, and C. Vogt.

The Hawk 2 was donated to EAA in 1969 by C. VanAirsdale.

Wing Span

40 ft.

Wing Area

140 sq. ft.

Aspect Ratio




Empty Weight

300 lbs.


190 lbs.

Gross Weight

490 lbs.

Wing Loading

3.5 lbs. per sq. ft.


Wood and Fabric

Minimum Sink

3 fps at 40 mph

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