The L.O.O.T.M. Archive
Lust Object of the Month
I'm not sure what drew me to the December LOOTM, but there is something very attractive about it. Maybe the clean shape, the modest purchase price, or the fact that they're so unique. Who cares? She's gorgeous.
The aircraft is an Oberlerchner MG-23SL. It is the follow-on to the MG-23. All tolled, there are three -23s and two -23SLs on the FAA registry. The were built in Austria during the late 50s and early 60s, a total of between 45 and 60 of all models manufactured (depending on the source).
The aircraft are made mostly of wood, and are capable of achieving a glide ratio of 33:1. According to the sales ad, they also fly well in conditions of weak lift. They are not aerobatic (the first LOOTM that isn't), but are certified for spins.
Check out these web sites for more information:
Some specifications on the MG-23 here (about 2/3 of the way down)
Pictures of the "Illinois" MG-23SL here (about 3/4 of the way down)
Sales ad for the "California" MG-23SL (at the bottom of the page)