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Training glider glider with two seats arranged side by side.

The Göppingen Gö 4 is a two-seater training and practice glider from the workshop of Wolf Hirth. In his Gö 4 glider, the seats were next to one another, instead of the customary configuration with the instructor sitting behind the pilot. This helped to improve communication between learners and instructors, although the improvement was somewhat at the expense of performance. The plane was a wooden structure, the wings covered with fabric, although the transition between wings and fuselage were reinforced with lime-soaked burlap. The Gö 4 flew for the first time in November 1937 and was subsequently mass-produced at Hirth Flugzeugbau. Approximately 100 of these gliders were built by 1943. Like several other well-known gliders, the Gö 4 was revived in the 1950s. Hirth produced another 21 planes between 1951 and 1954. The exhibited Goevier was flown by the Celle Flying Club between 1952 and 1976.

Technical specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Wolf Hirth Flugzeugbau,Nabern/Teck, 1952
  • Wingspan: 14.8 m
  • Wing aspect ratio: 11.5
  • Empty weight: 235 kg
  • Best glide ratio: 20 at 70 km/h
  • Minimum sink rate: 0.9 m/s at 60 km/h