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Scheibe Sperber
 
The third postwar design of Scheibe-Flugzeugbau GmbH, following the Mu-13E Bergfalke and the Spatz, was the Specht (or Woodpecker) tandem two-seater training glider, which was completed in prototype form in March 1953.
 
This featured the usual Scheibe construction of fabric-covered steel tube fuselage and two-spar braced wooden wings, which had a span of 44 ft 3.5 in and an aspect ratio of 11.
 
The Specht was developed into the Sperber (or Sparrowhawk), also a two-seat trainer but with enclosed side-by-side instead of tandem seating, and this first flew on 7 March 1956, later going into small-scale production. It also had a fabric-covered steel tube fuselage and braced fabric-covered wooden wings of 14% Mȕ section. The landing gear consists of a fixed monowheel and a spring steel tailskid.
 
Span: 46 ft 7 in
Length: 24 ft 3 in
Height: 4 ft 7 in
Wing area: 187.3 sq ft
Aspect ratio: 11.6
Empty weight: 485 lb
Max weight: 882 lb
Max speed: 106 mph
Min sinking speed: 3.05 ft/sec
Best glide ratio: 19:1
 
 
 
 
 
 


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