Schleicher ASH 26

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ASH 26
Schleicher ASH 26E sailplane 2.jpg
ASH 26E
Role 18 metre Class sailplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Schleicher
Designer Martin Heide
Number built 234

The ASH 26 is an 18 metre Class glider 18 m (59 ft), built of modern fibre reinforced composites. It is manufactured by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co. The 'H' indicates this is a design of Martin Heide.

The ASH 26 has plain flaps, a retractable undercarriage and a water ballast system. The structure is a complex composite of carbon, aramid and polyethylene fibre reinforced plastic. The wings have pneumatic turbulators. Of the ASH26s sold, over 90% are the self-launching version, the ASH 26E;[1] the engine being a liquid cooled Diamond AE50R (now Austro Engine AE50R[2]) Wankel rotary.


Variants[edit]

ASH 26
Production variant with 18-metre wingspan.
ASH 26E
Production variant, self launching utilising the 37 kW (50 hp) Diamond AE50R engine.

Specifications (ASH 26E)[edit]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: 110 kg (242 lb) water ballast
  • Length: 7.05 m (23 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.00 m (59 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 1.51 m (4 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 11.68 m2 (126 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 27.7
  • Wing profile: DU 89-134/14
  • Empty weight: 360 kg (792 lb)
  • Gross weight: 525 kg (1,155 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Diamond AE50R, 37 kW (50 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 270 km/h (170 mph)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 50
  • Rate of sink: 0.48 m/s (94 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Richard (September 1995). "A Flight Test Evaluation of the ASH-26E Self Launching 18-Meter Sailplane" (PDF). Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Austro Engine gmbh brochure Nov2 009
  3. ^ http://www.alexander-schleicher.de/index_e.htm

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