S3 Overview & Features

A Legacy of Innovation

The Sport series of gliders from Wills Wing has always defined what a sport class, recreational high-performance glider should be. The Sport 3 brings that heritage to its highest level.


Aerodynamic Refinements

The most significant aerodynamic revisions to the Sport 3 are a redesigned sail and stability system that together provide for a tighter-flatter sail and allow for lower sprog settings. This lower twist sail both significantly improves high speed performance and reduces pitch pressures at high speed. These changes also contribute to improved handling across the speed range and range of VG adjustment. The Sport 3 can also be configured with carbon fiber raked tips that increase the effective aspect ratio, reducing induced drag to further enhance low speed performance.

Redesigned Sail

Carbon Fiber Raked Tips

 


Airframe and Hardware

The Sport 3 airframe introduces new tuning options to more effectively optimize the control and handling characteristics for a wider range of sail configurations and pilot preferences. Now it’s easier than ever to tighten an older sail or loosen a crisp new wing. The Variable Geometry System has also been redesigned to be more effective and easier to pull. A Kickstand Stinger is also included to make setup and breakdown even easier.

Kickstand Stinger

 

Redesigned VG


Development Goals and Constraints:

 

Lightest Weight Glider in its Class

 

Easiest to Fly and Land Glider in its Class

 

Industry’s Highest Quality Materials and Construction Standards

Most Affordable Glider in its Class

 

We were also focused on improving the fit and finish of the smallest details, like adding folded hems to zipper openings and optimizing every single patch for both appearance and effectiveness. Combined with the remarkable performance gains and the extensive service and support that you’ve come to expect from Wills Wing, the Sport 3 will exceed your expectations for sport-class soaring enjoyment.

 

 

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Configurations and Options

The Sport 3 is available in Two Configurations

 

Options Sport 3 Sport 3 Race
Custom Colors in All Panels. Top and Bottom
Speed Battens
Black Anodized Airframe and Hardware
Kickstand Keel Stinger
Laminate Bottom Surface
Laminate Top Surface
Raked Tips
Price (USD MSRP) 5,575 6,475

Note: Custom color choice, black anodized airframe and speed battens were options on the Sport 2 but are now included as standard on the Sport 3.

 

Other Options

Base Model Upgrade Options (Included in Race Package) Part No Retail
Custom Sail Patterns – Quoted on Request
P1 UPGRADE 170 TO 205MT 01A-A2 $90.00
P1 UPGRADE 170 TO UVPX or 240MT 01A-A29 $210.00
P4 UPGRADE 170 TO 205MT 01A-A31 $90.00
P4 UPGRADE 170 TO 240MT 01A-A321 $180.00
P3/P4 UPGRADE 170 TO UVPX 01A-A37 $360.00
MYLAR SAIL UPGRADE UVPXB/W10 P1 and UVPXB/W10 P3/P4 01A-A52 $570.00
UVP2LXB LAMINATE WINDOW BOTTOM SURFACE 01A-A816 $330.00
CARBON FIBER RAKED TIPS 01A-A91 $198.00
Additional Upgrade Options Part No Retail
CARBON SPEEDBAR UPGRADE 01A-B3 $480.00
SPLIT PANEL CHARGE 01A-A8 $150.00
COLORED BATTEN POCKETS 01A-A84 $240.00
Leading Edge Wills Wing Logo Vinyl 70H-1014 $75.00
Slipstream/Litestream Control Bar Wheel Kit 70M-1240 $140.00

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Specifications

Specification Sport 3 135 Sport 3 155
Area (m^2) 12.5 14.4
Span (m) 8.9 9.6
Span w/ Raked Tips (ft) 9.1 9.8
Aspect Ratio 6.4 6.4
Aspect Ratio w/ Raked Tips 6.6 6.6
Glider Weight (kg) 24.5 26.3
Hook-In Weight (kg) 61-94 68-113
Optimum Body Weight (kg) 59-70 70-98
Double Surface (%) 85
USHPA Rating 3
Vne (kph) 85
Va (kph) 74
Vms (kph) 30
Length (m bag) (in) 4.7 5.1
Break-down (m) 3.4 3.7
Specification Sport 3 135 Sport 3 155
Area (ft^2) 135 155
Span (ft) 29.3 31.5
Span w/ Raked Tips (ft) 29.8 32.1
Aspect Ratio 6.4 6.4
Aspect Ratio w/ Raked Tips 6.6 6.6
Glider Weight (lbs) 54 58
Hook-In Weight (lbs) 135-200 150-250
Optimum Body Weight (lbs) 130-155 155-215
Double Surface (%) 85
USHPA Rating 3
Vne (mph) 53
Va (mph) 46
Vms (mph) 19
Length (in bag) (in) 184 200
Break-down (in) 136 146

Key to specifications

 

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Comments

Rudy Gotes

Flying the Sport 3 during the competition at El Peñon classic race against the U2C 145 and U2C 160 was a very interesting challenge. I was competing against Daniel Velez. He is very similar weight as me and we have been competing against each other and we have very similar level.
The Sport 3 155 at 65 km/h during transitions was doing very well against the U2C 145. The U2C 160 I noticed that had a little better performance at 65 km/h In a 5 km glide. I would be a little behind but I could climb a bit faster, so I realized that my advantage was the climb rate and the handling. At higher speeds like 85 or 95 km/h I could not beat Daniel or the U2s. I believe that a pilot that weights 85 kg with a competition Sport 3 155 will be almost better than flying a U2 145.
That handling on Sport 3 155 is amazing and it really makes a difference flying with the raked tips.

Jonathan Dietch

Tom Evans

I quite enjoyed flying the S3 135 last Friday. Setup was just like the S2 with the exception of adding 6 speed batons in the trailing edge, which were easily inserted. Launch at Crestline was breezy so thanks to Tim and Mori for watching my wires – two steps and airborne. Ridge lift easily carried me up a couple hundred feet as I worked toward BB. BB had the usual rowdy stuff happening but I found the S3 to be responsive and was able to maneuver into the stronger areas of lift and get up to 6K. I then pulled the VG tight and aimed for Pine. This is perhaps the nicest improvement to the Sport, the VG is significantly easier to pull (talking with Marc later we both agreed we used the VG more often simply because it was easier). I didn’t find any lift on my way to Pine and was starting to think of heading to Last Chance when the vario finally sounded relief. Dabbled around Pine getting up to 6.3K. Tried heading further North but couldn’t find anything. I watched Frank scratch North too only to return to Pine as well so I headed back to BB thinking of continuing South when I came across Mario. He was headed to Pine so I followed him letting him be my visual vario (Mario..vario…hmmmm). Lift was still working at Pine and I watched Mario scratch North. It still didn’t look like he was doing all that well so I chickened out and headed towards Marshall (besides, I was getting close to two hours and didn’t want to piss off Dave after he so generously let me test fly the S3). With the VG full on and a bar positioned for speed (sorry no airspeed indicator but probably around 35 mph) I flew from the lower portion of Pine ridge to Last Chance losing only 500′. I happened on a nice thermal over Cloud and couldn’t resist one more climb to 5K. I was over two hours now so I headed to the LZ. With lots of altitude to burn, I put the S3 through its range. A gradual pull in to full arm extension quickly brought the glider up to speed. The sail stayed quiet and still – not a hint of flutter. I then slowed down to full arm extension and the glider did a gradual mush through stall with no tendency to drop a wing. I sped up some and cranked tight turns in both directions feeling heavy in my harness. There was no tendency to over-bank nor was any high side input required. I did a few mild wing overs and then headed to the 750. Found more lift there but thought better of prolonging my flight and set up to land. This was my biggest concern flying a 135 as I am on the heavy side of the hook-in range. Turned out to be a complete non-event as I did a gentle two stepper and walked the noticeably lighter glider over to the shade structure. Breakdown was quick with Dave’s help (the kickstand keel keep the tips off the ground and makes it easier to roll up the sail).
I think to summarize my overall impression would be to say flying this glider was the most relaxed and confident I have felt in a hang-glider. Wills has made real improvements to an already terrific glider. It handled well, climbed well, flew straight and true when I wanted it to, and best of all, was easy on my 60 year old landing gear.

 

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