|Manufacturer||Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug (DFS)
|Status||No longer in production|
|Produced||1938-after World War II|
|Number built||More than 400|
Design and development 
Jacobs designed the Weihe to be the pre-eminent performance glider of its era and indeed it captured many championships and set many records, until its performance was surpassed at the end of the 1950s. Even today it is considered one of the "classic sailplane designs".
The Weihe is of wooden construction with fabric covering on the wing trailing edges and the control surfaces. The spar is built from Baltic Pine, with a birch leading edge D-box, the fuselage and the fixed portions of the tail surfaces. The airfoil is a modified Gö 549-M.2 section. Early versions took off from a dolly and landed on a fixed skid, while later versions has a fixed wheel and skid undercarriage. Originally fitted with DFS-style airbrakes, some were later modified for Schempp-Hirth style brakes instead. The aircraft incorporates a unique rigging system which was widely copied in later gliders.
Initially the aircraft was produced by Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug (DFS) (English: German Research Institute for Soaring Flight) and later by Jacobs-Schweyer. Post World War II it was produced by Focke-Wulf as well as in France, Spain, Sweden and Yugoslavia. Production of the Weihe totaled over 400 aircraft.
Operational history 
- DFS Weihe
- Original production version.
- Jacobs-Schweyer Weihe
- Second production version, before World War Two. Had a larger canopy and longer nose.
- Focke-Wulf Weihe 50
- Post war production version, with a blown canopy and a fixed wheel.
- VMA-200 Milan
- Post war French production of the Weihe, by Minie, Saint-Cyr .
- AB Flygindustri Se-104
- License production aircraft for the Royal Swedish Air force. 19 built.
- AISA Weihe
- Post war License Spanish production of the Weihe by AISA. 6 built.
Aircraft on display 
Specifications (Weihe) 
- Crew: one
- Wingspan: 59 ft 1 in (18.0 m)
- Wing area: 198 sq ft (18.4 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 17.6
- Airfoil: modified Gö 549-M.2
- Empty weight: 508 lb (230 kg)
- Gross weight: 738 lb (335 kg)
- Maximum glide ratio: 29:1 at 47 mph
- Rate of sink: 120 ft/min (0.61 m/s) at 40 mph
- Wing loading: 3.7 lb/sq ft (18 kg/m²)
See also 
- Related lists
- Activate Media (2006). "Weihe Jacobs Schweyer". Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring Magazine, page 74. Soaring Society of America, November 1983. USPS 499-920
- US Southwest Soaring Museum (2010). "Sailplanes, Hang Gliders & Motor Gliders". Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- Museo del Aire (undated). "AISA Weihe (EC-RAB)". Retrieved 25 March 2013.
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