DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000

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DG1000 glider.jpg
DG-1000 with 20 metre wingspan.
Role Two-Seater Class sailplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer DG Flugzeugbau
First flight July 2000

The DG1000 is a glider of the Two Seater Class built by DG Flugzeugbau. It first flew in July 2000 at Speyer in Germany. There are four models, with 18- and 20-metre wings of HQK-51 profile. The 1001 replaced the DG-505 in production.[1]

With an 18 metre span it is fully certified for aerobatics (and +7/-5 Gs); with a 20 metre span it is certified for limited aerobatics (and +5/-2.65 Gs).

The retractable engine (DG1000T) is mounted on a pylon aft of the double cockpit. There is a reduction gear (2:3 to 1.0) between the engine and the two-blade carbon-fibre composite propeller. The propeller was designed and is produced by the DG factory.

Operational History[edit]

In 2011, the DG-1000 was selected by the USAF as a replacement for the Blanik TG-10. It will serve as a basic soaring trainer for cadets at the United States Air Force Academy. Its USAF designation is TG-16A.[2][3][4]


Standard 20 metre span version
DG1000S 18/20
Model Flown either as an 18 metre or 20 metre glider
DG1000S Club
Only 18 metre span, fixed undercarriage and no capacity for water ballast
Newer refined version
18 or 20 metre span with a turbocharged engine
20 metre self-launching version with SOLO 2-stroke
USAF designation. Used to train cadets in soaring at the United States Air Force Academy. Replaces the Blanik TG-10.[2][4]



A U.S. Air Force Academy TG-16A
 United States

Specifications (DG1000S)[edit]

DG 1000S launch

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: 160 kg (350 lb) of water ballast
  • Length: 8.57 m (28 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 20.00 m (65 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 17.5 m2 (189 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 22.8
  • Empty weight: 415 kg (913 lb)
  • Gross weight: 750 kg (1,650 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Solo 2350C two-cylinder-two-stroke-engine, 22 kW (30 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 270 km/h (170 mph)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 46.5
  • Rate of climb: 1.3 m/s (250 ft/min)
  • Rate of sink: 0.5 m/s (100 ft/min)



  1. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 142. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c "Newest USAF Trainer - DG TG-16". Ww2aircraft.net. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  3. ^ "AF Academy buys 19 new gliders for cadet training | koaa.com | Colorado Springs | Pueblo |". koaa.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  4. ^ a b This story was written by Amber Baillie (2012-07-26). "End of an era: 94th FTS phases out TG-10 gliders". Usafa.af.mil. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ "DG Flugzeugbau: AAFC". Dg-flugzeugbau.de. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  6. ^ "DG Flugzeugbau: DG-1001 Club Indonesien". Dg-flugzeugbau.de. Retrieved 2013-06-05.