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 DG-1000 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
DG-1000S 18/20
Model Flown either as an 18 metre or 20 metre glider
DG-1000S 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 Baillie, Amber (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.