Akaflieg Darmstadt D-38

The Akaflieg Darmstadt D-38 is a German, single-seat, Standard Class sailplane that was designed and built by the Fliegergruppe of Darmstadt University.[1]

Role Single-seat Standard Class sailplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Akaflieg Darmstadt
First flight 19 December 1972
Developed into Glaser-Dirks DG-100


The D-38 is a cantilever, shoulder-wing monoplane with a glassfibre/balsa sandwich shell structure fuselage and wing, the wing has no flaps and has a T-tail.[1] The pilot has a semi-reclining seat in an enclosed cockpit with a transparent canopy and the landing gear is a manual retracting monowheel gear with a tailskid.[1] The D-38 was, in effect, the prototype of the successful Glaser-Dirks DG-100 competition Standard class glider.[2]


Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1973-74[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.96 m (22 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 2½ in)
  • Height: 1.49 m (4 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 11.00 m2 (118.4 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 207 kg (456 lb)
  • Gross weight: 363 kg (800 lb)


  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (115 mph)
  • Stall speed: 66 km/h (41 mph)
  • G limits: ±6.3
  • Maximum glide ratio: 39
  • Rate of sink: 0.6 m/s ( ft/min)


See also

Related lists



  1. Taylor 1973, p. 546
  2. "Darmstadt D-38" (in German). Darmstadt: www.akaflieg.tu. Retrieved 19 January 2012.


  • Taylor, John W.R., ed. (1973). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1973-74. London, United Kingdom: Jane's Yearbooks. ISBN 0-354-00117-5.

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