Akaflieg Darmstadt D-38
|Role||Single-seat Standard Class sailplane|
|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. 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. The D-38 was, in effect, the prototype of the successful Glaser-Dirks DG-100 competition Standard class glider.
- 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)
- Taylor 1973, p. 546
- "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.