Weihe Jacobs Schweyer   

General Details
Manufacturer: Jacobs Schweyer
Plane Name:


Classified as: Unclassified
Country Of Origin: Germany
Designer: Hans Jacobs
No. of Seats 1
No. Built 400
L/DMax: 29 76 kph / 41 kt / 47 mph
MinSink: 0.61 m/s / 2.0 fps / 1.18 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.
18 59.1 18.39 198 230 508 105 230 335 738 18.22 3.7 0 0
Aspect ratio: 17.46
Airfoil: Go 549-M2
Structure: wood/fabric wing and tail, wood fuselage

One of the classic pre-World War II designs, the Weihe first appeared in 1938 and became the standard high performance sailplane used throughout Europe. Produced first by the Deutches Forschungsinstitut fur Segelfug (German Research Institute for Soaring Flight) ( D.F.S.) and then in large numbers by the Jacobs Schweyer factory and elsewhere in Germany before and during the war, it continued in production from the original German plans after the war in Spain, Sweden and Yugoslavia. The J.S. version differed slightly from the D.F.S. model by having a slightly longer nose and larger canopy. Originally produced with D.F.S. airbrakes of limited effectiveness, some late production examples have Schempp-Hirth type airbrakes. Focke-Wulf produced a post-war development knowm as the Weihe 50 with a blown canopy, some of which had a fixed main wheel instead of a jettisonable dolly. The Weihe set a large number of world records in the postwar years, won World Championships in 1948 at Samedan.


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