Wolf Lemke

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Wolf Lemke is a designer of gliders who worked for Rolladen Schneider[1] and after it was taken over in 2003, for DG Flugzeugbau GmbH.

He was one of the student members of the Akaflieg Darmstadt who designed the revolutionary D-36 "Circe". This team also included Heiko Fries, Klaus Holighaus and Gerhard Waibel.[1] After leaving the Akaflieg, he built a second D36 in his cellar. He almost killed himself in it when he took a winch launch with a disconnected elevator but he parachuted to safety. He was soon designing new gliders.

His most significant design was the LS 1 which he first flew in May 1967. It was built by Walter Schneider, at first under the name Segelflugzeugbau Schneider OHG, but later as Rolladen Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH.

Two LS 1 prototypes flew in the German Championships in 1968: Helmut Reichmann and Walter Schneider placed first and second out of 44 competitors in the Standard Class.[2] All gliders designed by Wolf Lemke to date have the designation LS (Lemke and Schneider), including the LS-11 built by the Akaflieg Köln.


  1. ^ a b Hessischer Luftsportbund e.V.: Nachruf für Walter Schneider by Ernst Schwarz; also published in segelfliegen - accessed 2008-03-30
  2. ^ excerpt dealing with the LS 1 from Georg Brütting (1986): "Die berühmtesten Segelflugzeuge" (Famous Sailplanes), Motorbuch Verlag, ISBN 3-87943-171-X