German glider Scheibe L-Spatz 55

Scheibe L-Spatz 55

Scheibe Spatz (sparrow) is a German trainig and high-performance glider with mixed-construction (wooden wings and tail with hull build from of steel tubes), covered  with canvas. The base model Spatz produced in the years 1952 to 1962, a high-performance version – L-Spatz since 1954. The longest recorded flight of the glider L-Spatz 55 amounted to over 600 km. Germany produced about 300 planes, later France and Italy purchased license (155 copies known in France as Fauconnet A.60, and in addition 16 pieces MS-30 L-Passero in Italy). Together, these three countries has produced more than 470 gliders Spatz. In 1960 small scale production (50 pieces) started of moto-glider SF-24 Motorspatz, driven by Hirth engine.

Technical specifications of the Scheibe L-Spatz 55:

Crew: 1

Wingspan: 15 m

Length: 6.25 m

Height: 1.2 m

Wing area: 11,71 m2

Empty weight: 153 kg

Max. take-off weight: 265 kg