The two-seater Condor IV was one of the last gull-wing gliders.
The Condor IV is a good example of many gliders which were built before World War II and improved after 1951.Heini Dittmar had great success in the 1930s with the high performance, single-seated Condor I to III. After the removal of the restrictions on gliders in Germanyin 1951, he developed the two-seater Condor IV from the Condor III. Ferdinand Schmetz and Alexander Schleicher started series construction of the plane.
Flying with the Condor IV, Ernst-Günther Haase reached the speed of 80.9 km/h on a 100 km triangular course in August 1952, thus giving him the distinction of being the first German glider pilot after 1945 to capture a world record.
- Manufacturer: Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau, Poppenhausen / Wasserkuppe, 1953
- Wing span: 18 m
- Aspect ratio: 15.2
- Tara weight: 330 kg
- Best lift/drag ratio: 30 at 80 km/h
- Lowest sinking speed: 0.71 m/s at 70 km/h