Glasflügel 206

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206 Hornet
Role Standard Class sailplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Glasflügel
Designer Eugen Hanle
First flight 21 December 1974
Number built 102 (89 + 13 Hornet C)

The Glasflügel 206 Hornet is a Standard Class sailplane which was produced in Germany between 1975 and 1979. Of conventional sailplane design with a T-tail, it was developed from the Club Libelle and featured the same composite construction throughout. Differences from the earlier aircraft included a redesigned canopy, retractable monowheel landing gear, and provision for 100 kg (220 lbs) of water ballast.

An improved version, the Hornet C was produced in 1979, incorporating a new one-piece canopy originally designed for the Mosquito and an increase in water ballast capacity to 170 kg (375 lb). The wing was also revised, making extensive use of carbon fibre structures to save weight.


Specifications (206)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 6.40 m (21 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 1.40 m (4 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 9.8 m2 (106 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 23
  • Empty weight: 227 kg (500 lb)
  • Gross weight: 420 kg (920 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 38 @ 94km/h without ballast; 38 @ 103km/h with ballast
  • Rate of sink: 0,6 m/s ( ft/min)

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