Ka-8 Schleicher   

General Details
Manufacturer: Schleicher
Plane Name:


Classified as: Unclassified
Country Of Origin: Germany
Designer: Rudolf Kaiser
No. of Seats 1
No. Built 1000
L/DMax: 27 72 kph / 39 kt / 45 mph
MinSink: 0.64 m/s / 2.1 fps / 1.24 kt


Span Area Empty Weight Payload Gross Weight Wing Load Water Ballast
m ft sq.m sq.ft kg lb. kg lb. kg lb. kg
kg lb.
15 49.2 14.21 153 190 418 120 265 310 683 21.81 4.45 0 0
Aspect ratio: 15.9
Airfoil: Go 533/532
Structure: wood/ fabric wings and tail, steel-tube/ fabric fuselage

The Ka-8 was derived from the Ka-6 series as a simple single-place sailplane with dive brakes using construction techniques similar to the Ka- 7, and simplified for amateur construction from kits. Emphasis was on rugged construction, good climbing ability in thermals and good handling characteristics. The orignal Ka-8 had a very small canopy. The Ka-8B, by far the most numerous variant, has a substantially larger canopy while the Ka-8C features a longer nose, larger main wheel located ahead to the center of gravity and deletion of the larger wooden nose skid resulting in a roomier cockpit. Karl Striedeck of the U.S. made a 767.0 km./ 476.6 miles ridge flight in a Ka-8B to win the world out and return in 1968. ATC


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