Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co is a major manufacturer of sailplanes, founded in 1926 by Alexander Schleicher. The company produced many notable designs including the Anfänger ("Beginner"), Zögling ("Student"), Professor, Mannheim, and the Stadt Frankfurt (City of Frankfurt). Meanwhile, the aircraft produced under contract by the company continued to grow in size and complexity, reaching their pinnacle with the DFS Rhönadler (Rhön eagle) and DFS Rhönbussard (Rhön buzzard) designed by Hans Jacobs, and a huge, three-seat experimental glider built from a design by Alexander Lippisch for the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug (DFS - German Research Institute for Sailplane Flight). By the time war broke out in Europe, Schleicher was already employing hundreds of workers in what was a major enterprise. During WW2, the factory was used to maintain and repair training gliders for the Hitler Youth who received flight training at the Wasserkuppe. Aircraft building restrictions in Germany were lifted in 1951 and the company could build sailplanes once more. The first notable post-war designs were made by Rudolf Kaiser and include many ASK models. Gerhard Waibel later designed a range of glass-fibre gliders designated ASW. Also designers Martin Heide and Michael Greiner have produced ASH models.
Schleicher AS-K 13
The ASK 13 is a two-seater glider that was built by Alexander Schleicher. It was and still is widely...
Schleicher ASK 21
The ASK 21 was designed by Rudolf Kaiser as a modern counterpart to the popular ASK 13, i...
This PH-686 is a Schleicher ASK 21. Seen here at Terlet airport, in the east of the Netherlands.
Another ASK 21 Glider seen at Terlet airport.
Still in use since it joined ZC FLEVO gliding club in 1986, this Schleicher ASK-13 two-seater was ph...
A simple, yet elegant design is possesed by this Schleicher KA-6-C12 parked in Etowah, Tennessee USA...
PH-406 Schleicher AS.K-13
This Schleicher AS.K-13 glider with registration number PH-406 is packed here on the airfield of Teu...