Charles Fauvel biography

Fauvel gliders and airplanes

Why a flying wing ?

Some technical materials...

In flight


Precursors and successors



Akaflieg Stuttgart FS-26
FS-26 in flight
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Designed and built by the Stuttgart Akademische Fliegergruppe (Akaflieg) in Germany, the FS-26 was an experimental single-seater, aimed at investigating the characteristics of a motorglider equipped with a reflex airfoil and a separate horizontal stabilizer (this formula will be used a few years later on the Genesis sailplane). Made of fibreglass, the FS-26 re-used the cockpit of the Phoebus sailplane modified to include the engine controls and instruments, and the long retractable landing gear. The aircraft was powered by a Hirth F10A engine, located at the rear of the fuselage. In soaring configuration, the propeller blades could be folded and the engine cowling openings were closed.

The wing used an Eppler 515 airfoil, and could be divided into three parts for trailering on the road. The connections between the fuselage and the wing had been carefully studied, as well as the engine cooling.

The FS-26 made its first flight on September 25, 1970. After several tests, this aircraft was donated to the Wasserkuppe Soaring Museum.

Characteristics of the FS-26
Wing span 12.60 m
Length 3.94 m
Wing Area 13.20 m2
Airfoil Eppler 515
Empty weight 250 kg
Max. weight 360 kg