Akaflieg München Mü 10 Milan
The first German two-seater high-performance glider and pioneer of gliders with tubular steel fuselage.
At the Munich Technical University students got together in 1924 to form a group dedicated to aviation science. In the years that followed it produced a number of gliders, one of which was the Mü 10 Milanin 1934. (Mü stood for Munich).
The Milan was built as a one-of-a-kind project under the guidance of Egon Scheibe. It had a number of remarkable technical features, including a tubular steel fuselage covered with fabric – a mode of construction seen only once before in a glider. In 25 years of flying the Milan logged approximately 1800 hours in the air, of which the first 1000 were flown between 1934 and 1944. In May 1935 the Mü 10made the first-ever crossing of the Alps by glider, a flight that also set new records for altitude and distance.
After several years on the ground, the glider was donated to the Deutsches Museum in 1949, shortly before the Allied ban on gliding in Federal Republic of Germany was lifted. In 1951 it was again made airworthy, and was the first aircraft in Bavaria to be certified as a glider after the Second World War.
- Manufacturer: Akademische Fliegergruppe der Technischen Hochschule München, 1934
- Wing span: 17.8 m
- Aspect ratio: 15.85
- Empty weight : 185 kg
- Best glide ratio: 22 at 72 km/h
- Minimum sink rate: 0,65 m/s at 50 km/h