SHK Schempp-Hirth   

General Details
Manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth
Plane Name:


Classified as: Unclassified
Country Of Origin: Germany
Designer: R. Kunz/ M. Schempp
No. of Seats 1
No. Built 59
L/DMax: 39 87 kph / 47 kt / 54 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.
17 55.8 14.68 158 260 573 110 243 370 816 25.2 5.2 0 0
Aspect ratio: 20.2
Airfoil: Eppler 266
Structure: standard wood contrustion, except for molded fiberglass for the wing leading edge and the forward fuselage.

The SHK 17 m. Open Class sailplane was developed in 1965 from the 15 m. Standard Austria/ SH-1, with V-tail surfaces 50 % larger and other improvements. It has a mass balanced all moving tailplane with aerodynamic trim tabs. An SHK finished in 3rd place in the Open Class of the 1965 World Championships at South Cerney in England. In 1967 an improved model was introduced (most of the emphasis being directed toward increasing cockpit comfort) and a tail chute was made available. The SHK may have been the ultimate development of the conventional wooden sailplane before composite ships became widely available. One example belongs to the National Soaring Museum. ATC


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