Glaser-Dirks DG-200 / DG-202




To meet the demand for a sailplane with flaps for the Unrestricted Class 15m International competitions the DG-200 was developed from the Standard Class DG-100 series using the same fuselage and tail, but with flaps and a reduced wing area.
The tailplane on the prototype DG-100 was all-moving, incorporating a large anti-servo tab, but this was altered to a conventional fixed tailplane and elevator on both the DG-100 and DG-200. The trimmer is fitted on the control column, which is of the parallelogram linkage type, enabling high speed flight with reduced risk of pilot-induced oscillation. The prototype made its first flight on 22 April 1977. This has the same 15m span wing with glassfibre flaps added, the Schempp-Hirth air brakes being retained; and the water ballast capacity was increased to 120 kg / 265 lb. The tailplane is a glassfibre/foam sandwich, with an all-glassfibre elevator, and the ailerons are also of glassfibre; construction is otherwise the same as the DG-100.
The pilot is accommodated in semi-reclining position in the slim cockpit, covered by a two-piece canopy, the rear section of which is hinged to open upwards and back. The adjustable head rest is attached to the canopy hinge. The landing gear includes a retractable main wheel and a fixed tail wheel.
In 1978 two other versions were developed: the 17m DG-200-17 and the 13.1 m Acroracer.
The DG-200/17 is a 17m span version of the DG-200 created by adding special insertable wing tips to the DG-200. The DG-200 Acroracer is an aerobatic version of the DG-200 with detachable wing tips that reduce the span to 13.1m (42 ft 11.25 in); these can be replaced to bring the span up to 15m.
The prototype Acroracer first flew on 28 November 1978, but was the only one of this variant built. The DG200 Acroracer’s wingtips are removable to convert the aircraft from a 15m sailplane to a 13.3m, fully aerobatic glider.
The DG-200C is similar to the DG-200 but has carbon-fibre spar booms, wing skin and flaps. The DG-200/17C is the same as the DG-200/17 but has the DG-200C's carbon-fibre wing structure.
A total of 20 DG-200s had been delivered by early 1978. Altogether 89 DG-200s had been built by April 1980.
DG subsequently produced add- on wing tips for the DG-202 (known as the DG-202/17) increasing the span to 17m.
After more than 100 DG-200’s had been produced the improved DG-202 was introduced. The 15m span DG-202, which first flew in prototype form on 30 April 1980, is very similar to the DG-200 but has an improved cockpit and controls, modified airfoil, a large one-piece forward-opening canopy, automatic tailplane connection and an improved water ballast system.
DG subsequently produced add-on wing tips for the DG-202 (known as the DG-202/17) increasing the span to 17m.
The DG-202/17 has detachable wing tips to bring the span up to 17m and the DG-202/17C has carbon-fibre in the wing structure and a carbon-fibre spar.


Wing span: 15 m / 49 ft 2.5 in
Wing area: 10 sq.m / 107.6 sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 22.5               
Max speed: 168 mph (smooth air)
Length: 22 ft 11.25 in / 7.0 m
Height: 4 ft 7 in / 1.4 m
Empty Weight: 248 kg / 546 lb
Payload: 232kg / 512lb
Gross Weight: 480 kg / 1058 lb
Water ballast: 120 kg / 265 lb
Wing Load: 48 kg/sq.m / 9.8 lb/sq.ft
Stalling speed: 33.5 kt / 62 km/h
Max rough air speed: 146 kt / 270 km/h
Max aero-tow speed: 118 mph
L/DMax: 42 @106 kph / 57 kt / 66 mph
No. of Seats: 1
MinSink: 0.59 m/s / 1.70 fps / 1.01 kt at 45 mph
Airfoil: Wortmann FX-61-184/60-126
Structure: fibreglass


Seats: 1    
Length: 22.9ft
Height:     2.7ft
Wing aspect ratio: 20.3.
Max wt: 794 lbs    
Standard empty wt: 522 lbs.
Max useful load: 272 lbs.
Water ballast: 350 lbs.
Wing loading: 7 lbs/sq.ft.     
Min sink: 138 fpm @ 46 kts.
Max speed: 157 kts.
Stall speed: 35 kts.
Glide ratio: 37-1 @ 57 kts.

Wing span: 17m / 55.8ft    
Wing area: 10.57sq.m / 113.7sq.ft
Empty Weight: 251kg / 553lb
Payload: 199kg / 439lb
Gross Weight: 450kg / 992lb
Wing Load: 48kg/sq.m / 9.8lb/sq.ft
No. of Seats: 1
L/DMax: 45 @ 126 kph/ 68 kt/ 78 mph
Aspect ratio: 27.3    
MinSink: 0.59 m/s / 1.70 fps/ 1.01 kt
Airfoil: Wortmann
Structure: fibreglass