Schleicher ASW 19
||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (December 2012)|
|First flight||23 November 1975|
The ASW 19 is a single-seat glider built by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co. It was originally designed as a Standard Class glider, but now mainly competes in the Club Class. The ASW 19 is known for its pleasant handling and some clubs use it as a training glider. It was succeeded by the all-new Schleicher ASW 24.
Schempp-Hirth metal air brakes are fitted on the upper surface of the wing, and later models received modified brakes with an additional panel due to the somewhat disappointing effectiveness. The wings are held in place with two main pins. Up to 80 kg of water ballast can be carried. The tail unit is also of glassfibre/foam sandwich, and the horizontal tailplane has a fixed stabilizer. The fibreglass fuselage is built without the honeycombs that were used on the ASW 15B and ASW 17. It has a winch hook, which is covered by the main wheel doors, and an aerotow hook situated approximately one foot from the nose.
With the ASW 19B version, the maximum allowed amount of water ballast increased and the take-off weight can be raised to 454 kg. Later ASW 19B were delivered with an instrument panel that lifts with the canopy. This feature can be retrofitted to older models.
The ASW 19 Club is a version with a fixed unsprung monowheel and no water ballast carried. Only five were built for the Royal Air Force, where they were known as the Valiant TX.1.
A single ASW 19 was fitted with a new wing profile featuring turbulator blow holes at the Technical University of Delft. This ASW 19X showed improved gliding capabilities with a best glide ratio of about 1:41.
- 3 French Air Force ("F05" n°276, "F06" n°277,"F07" n°323)
- Crew: One
- Capacity: 80 kg (176 lb) water ballast
- Length: 6.82 m (22 ft 5 in)
- Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 3 in)
- Height: 1.42 m (4 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 11.0 m2 (118 ft2)
- Empty weight: 250 kg (550 lb)
- Gross weight: 408 kg (898 lb)
- Maximum speed: 250 km/h (160 mph)
- Maximum glide ratio: 38
- Rate of sink: 0.7 m/s (140 ft/min)
- Related lists
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to ASW 19.|
- Schleicher web site
- Geelong Gliding Club web site
- Sailplane Directory
- ASW 19 production list
- Johnson R, A Flight Test Evaluation of the ASW-19, Soaring, August 1977