Glasflügel H-101

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H-101 Salto
H101 Salto.jpg
H101 Salto
Role Aerobatic sailplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Glasflügel
Designer Ursula Hänle
First flight 6 March 1970
Number built 72 by 1996
Developed from Glasflügel H-201

The H-101 Salto (English: Loop) is an aerobatic glider of glass composite construction, developed in Germany in the 1970s. Based on the Standard Libelle H-201, it was designed by Ursula Hänle,[1] widow of Eugen Hänle, former Director of Glasflügel. It was first produced by Start + Flug GmbH Saulgau.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The H-101 differs from the Libelle in having a V-tail, showing its ancestry to the V-tailed Hütter H-30 GFK.[1] Four flush-fitting air brakes were fitted to the trailing edges of the wings, replacing the more conventionally sited air brakes of the Standard Libelle. The Salto's air brakes are hinged at their midpoints so that half the surface projects above the wing and half below.[1]

The Salto prototype first flew on 6 March 1970, and 67 had been delivered by early 1977, when production at Start + Flug GmbH Saulgau ceased. Five more Saltos were built from 1993 to 1996 by the German company "LTB Frank & Waldenberger", bringing total output of Salto gliders to 72.


Data from Jane's.[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 5.95 m (19 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 13.60 m (44 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 0.88 m (2 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 8.58 m2 (92.4 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 21.6
  • Empty weight: 180 kg (397 lb)
  • Gross weight: 310 kg (683 lb)


  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 35
  • Rate of sink: 0.6 m/s (120 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists



  1. ^ a b c d e Coates 1978, p. 101.


  • Coates, Andrew. Jane's World Sailplanes and Motorgliders. London. Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd., 1978. ISBN 0-354-01119-7
  • Martin Simons, Sailplanes, Vol. 3 1965-1985, EQIP
  • Peter Mallinson und Mike Woollard, Handbook of Glider Aerobatics
  • EASA Specific Airworthiness Specification for H 101 “Salto”

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