Schleicher Ka 6

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Ka 6
Glider Schleicher Ka6.jpg
Ka 6 on display in the Deutsches Museum, Munich
Role Club class glider
Manufacturer Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co
Designer Rudolf Kaiser
First flight 1955
Number built > 1000 (all variants)

The Schleicher Ka 6 is a single-seat glider designed by Rudolf Kaiser, built by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co, Germany and is constructed of Spruce and plywood with fabric covering. The design initially featured a conventional tailplane and elevator which was later replaced by an all-moving tailplane in the -Pe and Ka 6E variants. Variants built before the -CR and -BR used a main skid as the principal undercarriage, with later variants including the Ka 6E using a wheel as the main undercarriage with no nose skid. Other modifications for the Ka 6E include a more aerodynamic fuselage with glassfibre nose and wingroot fairings, longer canopy, and modified aluminium airbrakes.

Variants[edit]

KA 6E G-DCCV at the Vintage Glider Rally at Camphill, 2011

Dates of initial airworthiness approval in brackets:

  • Ka 6 - Initial version; span 14.4 m (47 ft 3 in), (30 October 1956).
  • Ka 6B (27 September 1957)
  • Ka 6B-Pe - The Ka 6B with all-flying tailplane, (20 May 1960).
  • Ka 6BR - The Ka 6B with the main skid removed and a relocated mainwheel, (27 September 1957).
  • Ka 6CR - The Ka 6C with the main skid removed and a relocated mainwheel, (24 February 1959).
  • Ka 6CR-Pe - The Ka 6CR with all-flying tailplane, (20 May 1960).
  • Ka 6E The ultimate Ka-6, with all-flying tailplane, (29 July 1965)

Aircraft on display[edit]

Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Sebek preen their Ka-6BR at Harris Hill, NY.

Specifications (Ka 6E)[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.66 m (21 ft ft 10.25 in)
  • Wingspan: 15 m (49 ft 2.5 in)
  • Height: 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 12.4 m2 (135.5 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 18.1
  • Empty weight: 190 kg (419 lb)
  • Gross weight: 300 kg (661 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 32:1 at 80 km/h (50 mph)
  • Rate of sink: 0.65 m/s (128 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ US Southwest Soaring Museum (2010). "Sailplanes, Hang Gliders & Motor Gliders". Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Coates, 1978. p. 86.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Coates, Andrew, Janes World Sailplanes and Motorgliders. London. Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd., 1978. ISBN 0-354-01119-7
  • Macfadyen, Tim. BGA Data sheet for Schleicher Ka-6, BR and CR (Rhönsegler). Leicester. British Gliding Association. 1 July 2003.

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