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Schleicher ASH 26

ASH 26
Role 18 metre Class sailplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Schleicher
Designer Martin Heide
Number built 234

The ASH 26 is a 18 metre Class glider built of modern fibre reinforced composites. It is manufactured by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co. The 'H' indicates this is a design of Martin Heide.

The ASH 26 has plain flaps, a retractable undercarriage and a water ballast system. The structure is a complex composite of carbon, aramid and polyethylene fibre reinforced plastic. The wings have pneumatic turbulators. Of the ASH26s sold, over 90% are the self-launching version, the ASH 26E;[1] the engine being a liquid cooled Diamond AE50R (now Austro Engine AE50R[2]) Wankel rotary.


ASH 26
Production variant with 18-metre wingspan.
Production variant, self launching utilising the 37 kW (50 hp) Diamond AE50R engine.

Specifications (ASH 26E)

Data from [3]

General characteristics
  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: 110 kg (242 lb) water ballast
  • Length: 7.05 m (23 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.00 m (59 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 1.51 m (4 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 11.68 m2 (126 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 27.7
  • Wing profile: DU 89-134/14
  • Empty weight: 360 kg (792 lb)
  • Gross weight: 525 kg (1,155 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Diamond AE50R, 37 kW (50 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 270 km/h (170 mph)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 50
  • Rate of sink: 0.48 m/s (94 ft/min)


  1. ^
  2. ^ Austro Engine gmbh brochure Nov2 009
  3. ^

External links

  • Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co
  • Sailplane Directory
  • Simons M, Segelflugzeuge 1965-2000, Equip, 2004
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