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Schleicher Condor

Condor 4


The Condor was designed by Heini Dittmar with the advice and help of Atexander Lippisch and Dipl-lng Fritz Kramer; the Condor owed something to an earlier sailplane, the 19m (62ft 3.5in) span Fafnir. Dittmar built the prototype Condor in a workshop at Wasserkuppe in his spare time and it made its debut in the 1932 Rhon gliding contest, which it won; its very clean lines aroused considerable interest, and it went into series production.


In its original form, the Condor 1, the high-set gull wings were braced with V-struts and had strengthened leading edges, and the Condor 2, developed in 1935, had a new wing section of reduced thickness/chord ratio on the outer parts of the wings, living an improved glide angle and lower rate of sink at higher speeds. This version set a new world distance record of 303 miles in 1935 and was a well-known type at prewar gliding contests. The Condor itself was of conventional wood and fabric construction, with very long span ailerons and a landing skid under the fuselage; no monowheel was fitted.
In February 1934 a Condor was taken to South America and, flown by Heini Dittmar, set a new world altitude record of 14,272ft for sailplanes, breaking the previous record by nearly 6,000ft. The Condor 3, which appeared in 1938 and was built by Schleicher, had a longer, slimmer fuselage and strengthened cantilever wings which now incorporated DFS air brakes. After the war Heini Dittmar formed his own company, Mowe-Flugzeugbau Heini Dittmar, and there developed a tandem two-seater version, the Condor 4, which first flew in 1953 and was very similar to the Mk 3 apart from the second seat.
Eighteen were built.


Wing span: 18 m / 59.2 ft
Wing area: 21.2 sq.m / 230 sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 15.2
Airfoil: Go 532, NACA 0012
Empty Weight: 358 kg / 789 lb
Payload: 202 kg / 445 lb
Gross Weight: 560 kg / 1234 lb
Wing Load: 26.4 kg/sq.m / 5.37 lb/sq.ft
L/DMax: 31 80 kph / 43 kt / 50 mph
MinSink: 0.70 m/s / 2.3 fps / 1.36 kt
Seats: 2


Condor 3
Span: 56 ft 6.25 in / 17.24 m
Length: 24 ft 11.25 in / 7.6 m
Wing area: 174.4 sq.ft / 16.2 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 15.0
Wing section: Gottingen 532
Empty weight: 507 lb / 230 kg
Max weight: 717 lb / 325 kg
Water ballast: None
Max wing loading: 20.06 kg/sq.m / 4.11 lb/sq.ft
Max speed: 112 mph / 97 kt / 180 km/h
Stalling speed: 27 kt / 50 km/h
Min sinking speed: 2 ft/sec / 0.6 m/sec
Best glide ratio: 28:1









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