Glasflugel 206 Hornet
Designed by Eugene Hanle as a successor to the H 201 Standard Libelle, the Hornet is a derivative of the Club Libelle, differing from it chiefly in having an enlarged, longer two-piece flush-fitting cockpit canopy hinged at the front and rear, a retractable instead of fixed monowheel, and provision for up to 165lb of water Ballast.
This Standard Class mid-wing design has a T-tail and the entire structure is of glassfibre monocoque, glassfibre/foam sandwich and glassfibre/balsa sandwich. The mid wing has a different incidence to improve high speed performance. Rotating air brake-type flaps and partially mass-balanced ailerons are on the wing trailing edges, and the elevator has a spring trim. The Hornet has trailing edge dive brakes operating well behind the laminar lift producing area of the upper wing. The structure is fiberglass with a carbon wing box spar and skin, and Kevlar reinforced cockpit.
The unsprung monowheel has an internally expanding brake, and there is a fixed tailwheel.
The prototype made its first flight on 21 December 1974 and a total of 90 Hornets had been delivered by the summer of 1979.
The Hornet C introduced in 1979 has a carbon-fibre torsion box to each wing, with carbon-fibre spar caps and a wing skin of carbon-fibre/plastic foam sandwich; the lighter weight of these wings allows the water ballast capacity to be increased to 375 lb (an additional 30 kg / 66 lb). The wing root fairings are modified and the C has the same one-piece cockpit canopy as the Glasflugel Mosquito. The prototype Hornet C first flew on 6 April 1979.
Wing span: 15 m / 49.2 ft
Wing area: 9.8 sq.m / 105.5 sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 23
Airfoil: Wortmann FX 66-17
Length: 21 ft 0 in
Height: 4 ft 7 in
Empty Weight: 227 kg / 500 lb
Payload: 193 kg / 426 lb
Gross Weight: 420 kg / 926 lb
Wing Load: 42.86 kg/sq.m / 8.8 lb/sq.ft
Water Ballast: 170 kg / 375 lb
Max speed: 155 mph
Max aero-tow speed: 93 mph
L/DMax: 38 103 kph / 56 kt / 64 mph
Best glide ratio: 38:1 at 47mph
MinSink: 0.60 m/s / 1.96 fps / 1.16 kt at 47mph
No. Built: 102