Slingsby Falke

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T.61 Falke
Slingsby T.61F Venture T2 2.jpg
T61F Venture T2
Role Basic Trainer
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Slingsby Sailplanes
First flight 1971
Primary user Royal Air Force
Number built 76
Developed from Scheibe SF 25B

The Slingsby Type 61 Falke was a licence-built version of the Scheibe SF 25B Motor glider built by Slingsby Sailplanes. It entered service with the Royal Air Force for air cadet training as the Slingsby Venture.

Development[edit]

In 1970 Slingsby acquired a licence to build the SF 25B as the Type 61A Falke, a side-by-side two-seat dual training monoplane. This first variant was powered by a 45 hp Starck Stamo MS1500 engine and first flew at Wombleton on 8 February 1971. During May 1971 one aircraft was evaluated by the Royal Air Force as the Venture T1 and an order for 15 aircraft followed. The aircraft were to be operated by Volunteer Gliding Schools for basic air cadet training. Following replacement by the Grob Vigilant T1 they were all sold in 1990.

Variants[edit]

T61A
Production variant fitted with a Starck Stamo MS1500 engine with manual engine start, 26 built.
T61B
As T61A but fitted with a Franklin 2A-120-A engine, one built.
T61C
Production variant fitted with a Starck Stamo MS1500 engine with an electric engine start, 8 built.
T61D
One T61A refitted with Rollason R.S.1 engine in 1972.
T61E
Production aircraft for the RAF as Venture T2, 15 built later modified to T61F.
T61F
Production aircraft for the RAF with electric engine starter as the Venture T2, 15 T61Es modified and 25 built.
T61G
One aircraft powered by a Limbach SL1700 engine.
Venture T1
RAF designation for one T61A bought for evaluation in 1971.
Venture T2
RAF designation for production T61E and later T61F aircraft.

Operators[edit]

 United Kingdom

Specifications (T61A)[edit]

T61F Venture T2

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 24 ft 11 in (7.6 m)
  • Wingspan: 50 ft 4 in (15.33 m)
  • Wing area: 188 ft2 (17.47 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 13.4
  • Empty weight: 740 lb (335 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,170 lb (530 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Starck Stamo MS1500, 45 hp ( kW)

Performance

  • Maximum glide ratio: 22
  • Rate of sink: 200 ft/min (1.00 m/s)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10014-X.