The Vickers-Slingsby T-65 Vega is a 15-metre class glider which first flew on 3 June 1977. Of fibreglass construction, it features linked camber-changing flaps and airbrakes, and a retractable main and tailwheel.
A simplified version called the T-65C Sport Vega has a non-retractable mainwheel and hinged trailing edge airbrakes instead of flaps. This version of the Vega first flew on 18 December 1979 and has no provision for water ballast.
Initial production version first flown in 1977.
One production glider was designated T65B.
T65C Sport Vega
Fixed-wheel with no flaps or water ballast, first flown in 1980.
Increased water ballast to 350 lb (160 kg) and increased all-up weight to 1,120 lb (510 kg).
Gliders fitted with optional wingtips to increase span to 17 metres.
Length: 22 ft 0 in (6.72 m)
Wingspan: 49 ft 3 in (15.00 m)
Wing area: 109 ft2 (10.1 m2)
Aspect ratio: 22.4
Empty weight: 519 lb (236 kg)
Gross weight: 1,120 lb (510 kg)
Maximum speed: 160 mph (250 km/h)
Maximum glide ratio: 42
Rate of sink: 132 ft/min (0.67 m/s)