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Flying wing

The single-seater, tailless glider Fauvel AV-36 is probably the bestknown ‘flying wing’ developed by the French designer Charles Fauvel (1904–1979). The Fauvel AV-36, a light wooden aircraft with an unswept, tapered wing, flew remarkably well for a flying wing glider, with performance comparable up to that of tailed aircraft of the same era. It was easy to fly, which made it a popular practice plane. In addition, it performed well as an aerobatic glider.
Production continued until 1959, with 100 AV-36s built in various countries. After overcoming initial doubts about the flying wing design and conducting initial tests, Hermann Frebel in Nabern/Teck became the first company in Germany to produce this aircraft in 1955.  

Technical specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Hermann Frebel Flugzeugbau, Nabern/Teck, 1957
  • Wingspan: 12,0 m
  • Wing aspect ratio: 10
  • Empty weight: 125 kg
  • Best glide ratio: 24 bei 83 km/h
  • Minimum sink rate: 0,82 m bei 75 km/h