Schempp-Hirth SHK

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Role Glider
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Schempp-Hirth
Designer Klaus Holighaus
First flight 1965[1]
Number built 59 [2]

The Schempp-Hirth SHK Open Class glider was developed in Germany by Schempp-Hirth. It was based on the 1964 version of the Standard Austria, known as the SH. The Austria was originally a single-seat aerobatic glider that had been designed and built in Austria from 1959 but production was moved in 1962 to the Schempp-Hirth factory in Germany.


In addition to its larger span, the SHK's V-tail surfaces were 50% larger than the Austria and there were other improvements. The tailplane was "all-moving", mass-balanced, and had aerodynamic trim tabs. An SHK flown by Rolf Kuntz finished in 3rd place in the Open Class of the 1965 World Gliding Championships at South Cerney in England. In 1967 a model with improved comfort for the pilot was introduced and a tail chute was provided. The SHK was probably the last mainly wooden Open Class glider to be developed before glass fiber aircraft became available[citation needed].

Specifications (SHK)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.3 m (20 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 17 m (55 ft 5-1/4 in)
  • Wing area: 14.68 m2 (158.2 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 20.2:1
  • Wing profile: Eppler 266
  • Empty weight: 260 kg (573 lb)
  • Gross weight: 370 kg (816 lb)


  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • G limits: +4, -2
  • Maximum glide ratio: 38:1 @ 87 km/h ( 47 kts / 54 mph)
  • Rate of sink: 0.61 m/s (118 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-08-25. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-08-25. Retrieved 2009-08-11.


  • Gliders and Sailplanes Of The World, Michael Hardy, Ian Allan, 1982, ISBN 0-7110-1152-4
  • Schempp-Hirth Flight and Maintenance manual for SHK #49, Schempp-Hirth KG, kirchheim-Teck,

March, 1965

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