T The 2-33 was the first aircraft I ever flew solo in. Flying from York Soaring near Arthur, Ontario, I had an amazing start to my aviation career with an amazing aircraft.
The 2-33 is an old aircraft. One can tell after they enter it by the old, ever aging interiors. Many 2-33's today are old, scratched and are generally though of by the general public as "old pieces of scrap" but they are known to pilots by other words: Beautiful, majestic and forgiving birds.
While it is true that they are from late as the 1930's, they are fun, forgiving and easy to fly. They make the perfect training aircraft. While they have a poor glide ratio for a glider (23:1) Their large wings provide an easy way to locate thermals in the air and stay aloft for hours. My one friend, Tracy, stayed in the air for four hours in one of York's 2-33's and came down with a huge smile across her face.
While it is also true that they are large, and less aerodynamic than its modern day cousins, the 2-33 remains a great introduction aircraft to new aviators. The aircraft is basically a flying roll cage. Built to last, the 2-33 can handle very hard landings and over-stressing that only training pilots can provide. (It has been know to be able fly with a few parts missing as well) With all of the 2-33's aging around the world, many are still well maintained and provide a positive flying experience. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets have the largest, most well maintained of 2-33's in the world. I have had the pleasure of flying s few of them myself, and they are absolutely amazing. with radios, fresh new coats of pains, and well kept interiors, the cadets rebuild the gliders ever few years to keep them looking, and feeling fresh out of the factory. It may not be the most professional, or high performance glider to fly, but is is one of the cheapest and most enjoyable. Simple pleasures such as opening the rear door during flight to look bellow or the simple, yet effective controls. One of the best abilities of the aircraft is its positive stability. Due to the high wing design and large build, the 2-33 is an ineradicably stable aircraft. When trimmed properly, it can fly without someone at the controls, and can fly out of a high attitude stall all by itself. You can also perform wing over's with ease, and are easy to land with an easily achievable glide slope. The aircraft can be equipped for both winch, and air launches, and provides an overall good platform for most flying situations, the only real issues besides the age and glide ratio is the that the trim is only located in the front seat, so you may have to get your passenger to change the trim for you.
In conclusion, it is a beautiful aircraft. While you are not going to win any races with it or break any world records, it will generally get you what you want, and may even grow on you like it did with me.