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High over Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Adam West.
 
Wills Wing U2

The U2 Ultra Performance Intermediate Hang Glider

The U2 is a very high performance glider with handling characteristics suitable for pilots with intermediate and higher levels of skills and experience. The U2 is available in two sizes - 160 and 145.

Sidling up to Yosemite falls, California. Photo by Greg Billow.


The U2 was conceived as a very light-weight glider with performance approaching that of the much heavier, more expensive, and more challenging competition class wings. There are no reflex bridles - all stability systems are internal - so cable drag is minimized. Beginning with the 2009 model year, all lower cables are 3/32 1x19 un-coated, for additional drag reduction. Standard on the U2 is the new Litestream control bar, a Slipstream style, fully streamlined bar that uses the same streamlined aluminum basetube as the Slipstream bar, but with shorter chord, easier to grip, lighter weight Litestream downtubes. Specially machined, fully streamlined aluminum corner fittings complete the Litestream package, which offers a more than 95% reduction in drag as compared to a regular AT-style streamlined control bar with a round basetube. The U2 features a curved tip planform and sports an exceptionally clean sail with a Mylar or 205MT leading edge and 205MT trailing edge offered as standard equipment, or an available upgrade to either Hydranet of UVM sailcloth. An extended bottom surface in the root cleanly fairs in the hang loop. For the 2009 model year, the U2 features an upgraded and improved sail cut that results in improved performance and even better handling characteristics. An upgrade to an all Mylar top surface is also an available option for 2009.

Ryan Voight speeds across The Point, Utah. Photo by Desiree Rhinesmith.


In the air, at the looser VG settings, the U2 offers, light, quick response coupled with forgiving handling characteristics. With the VG on, the gliding range at speed expands dramatically, and the glider tracks straight and true. The U2 uses a weight- and cost-saving conventional VG system. The result is an exceptional performance package that is extraordinarily accessible. The landing characteristics are very straightforward; handling is damped and predictable on approach, the flare window is broad and flare authority is ample.

The South African coast stretches out below. Photo by Adam West.


New Litestream Compatible Round Speedbar Basetube
We are now offering the option of a round speedbar basetube on the U2. This option is to address the requests of pilots who prefer the grip of a round basetube for comfort reasons, and pilots who want to be able to mount larger diameter wheels on a Litestream control bar. The photo shows the Litestream round speedbar mounted to a Sport 2, with Hall Wheels (not included) installed. We also have available VG compatible hubs for the larger 8 inch diameter Finsterwalder pneumatic wheels that allow them to be mounted on the Litestream round speedbar.

Hall Wheel on New Litestream Compatible Round Speedbar Basetube
Hall Wheel on New Litestream Compatible Round Speedbar Basetube

Pilots should expect approximately 1/2 point in degradation of L/D by going to the round basetube over the streamlined basetube. The Litestream compatible round speedbar is a no extra cost option when requested on any new glider order.



Pushing through the control frame on launch, Utah. Photo by Bruce Hibbard.


 
 
Pilot Comment:
Mark Gibson (AKA Gibbo)
4/23/2003
Hey Steve,

The U2 Climbs really well, you have done a great job! I was able to top out and climb with the top comp guys, I'm really impressed with the wing.....As for gliding I choose a speed somewhat below what I would use if I was flying a Talon but not a speed that wouldn't allow you to make some miles.

In comparison to, say, the GB rigid that I was last competitively flying I need one more OK thermal to go on glide to goal. Not bad for a completely stock intermediate wing.

I would say that a 300+ mile flight is well within the U2's range. I hope I can do it!!!



More Comments:
MarkHoffman - Torn Between Two Gliders
Bill Degen - Such Great Control
Ward Odenwald - Happy U2 Pilot
Warren Puckett - Very Impressed
Jonathan Dietch - Extensive Report of U2 160 Demo ...
Click here to see the entire list of comments.

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Specifications:

Metric Units:          Change to Imperial Units
Specification  U2 145   U2 160 
Area (m^2) 13.5 14.9
Span (m) 9.5 10.1
Aspect Ratio 6.8
Glider Weight (kg) 29 31
Hook-In Weight (kg) 64-100 73-118
Optimum Body Weight (kg) 64-77 77-95
Nose Angle (deg) 125-128
Double Surface (%) 84
USHPA Rating 3
Vne (km/h) 85
Va (km/h) 74
Vms (km/h) 32
Length (in bag) (m) 4.9 5.2
Break-down (m) 3.7 4
HGMA Cert. 11/12/2003 3/20/2003
Sugg. Retail $5375.00

Key to Specifications

Note: Retail prices listed are Wills Wing's suggested retail prices not including packaging for shipment from the factory, freight costs to the destination, import and local taxes, and dealer preparation and delivery charges. For safety reasons, any products shown that require any particular expertise to install or use safely must be purchased through, and personally delivered to the end user by an authorized Wills Wing Dealer. Retail prices listed for gliders are applicable to gliders selected for purchase from the web site inventory glider list. For any glider not selected from the inventory list, at a minimum, a charge of $150 for customer selection of colors will apply, (except for the T2C where customer color choice is included in the price), in addition to any applicable upgrade charges for extra cost options selected. Inventory gliders are created in the process of balancing sail cloth inventory and selling used demo gliders or gliders resulting from cancelled orders. Inventory gliders may not always be available in all models and sizes.

Note: Wills Wing authorized dealers are independent business entities, are not employees or agents of Wills Wing, do not directly represent Wills Wing, and are not authorized to enter into contracts, agreements, or commitments on behalf of Wills Wing. Although Wills Wing safety policies require that certain items be purchased from an authorized Wills Wing dealer, those policies do not require that an order be placed with any specific Wills Wing dealer, and any such order that is placed with a Wills Wing dealer is considered by Wills Wing to be an agreement entirely between the dealer and the customer. Although Wills Wing policies state certain expectations of authorized dealers, Wills Wing does not evaluate dealers with respect to either their ability to meet or the degree to which they customarily meet such expectations. Customers are encouraged to conduct all appropriate due diligence in evaluating any authorized Wills Wing dealer with whom they plan to do business.


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Features:
Easy to Fly, Ultra-High Performance, Intermediate Design
Easy to Pull, Effective VG System
Litestream Performance Control Bar
Internal Four-Sprog Stability System
Composite Transverse Battens
Machined Aerodynamic Corner Fittings
New Button Spring Lock - Tang Attachments
Very lightweight - all 7075 airframe
205 MT Square trailing edge fabric
7075 - T6 Pre-formed Battens
Lever Rear Batten Tips
Bottom Surface Battens & Internal Shear Ribs Control Sail Shape
PX15 Mylar or 205MT Dacron Leading Edge
Extended Bottom Surface at Root Fairs in the Hang Loop
Sail Fit and Finish Comparable to a Talon
Two Color Bottom Surface
Kingpost Hang Pilot Suspension
Integral Low drag Back-up Hang Loop
Curved Tip Planform
Medium Weight, XC–Type Glider Bag, Control Bar Bag, Batten and Tip Bags, and Velcro Sail Ties
Spare Parts Kit, Team Hat, Bumper sticker
Comprehensive Owner / Service Manual and Batten Diagram

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Options:
Description Part # Retail
Custom Sail Patterns - Quoted on Request    
CUSTOMER COLOR CHOICE 01A-A1   $150.00
205MT Leading Edge - No Charge    
P1 UPGRADE 205 TO UVX, UVPT, 240MT 01A-A3   $150.00
P4 UPGRADE 205 MT TO 240 MT 01A-A33   $75.00
MYLAR SAIL UPGRADE UVX15 or UVPT P1 and UVPT P3/P4 01A-A52   $475.00
COLORED #2, #3 OR #4 PANEL 01A-A6   $75.00
CARBON SPEEDBAR UPGRADE 01A-B3   $420.00
Carbon Speedbar Litestream 65/68 (Sport 2 155, 175; U2 145, 160; Litestream equipped Talon, T2 or Falcon 3 195) 40F-1414   $930.00
Slipstream/Litestream Control Bar Wheel Kit 70M-1240   $140.00

Some options may be incompatible with others. See your Wills Wing dealer for details.

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