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Valentin Taifun 17E motor glider
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No: 11029   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Other   Country: Germany
Valentin Taifun 17E motor glider

Photographed at the Schleissheim Air & Space Museum on 2 September 2010.
This is a motor glider built using composite materials, with 2 side-by-side seats. The Taifun flew for the first time in 1981. Production continued until 1990, with 136 planes completed.
Manufacturer: Valentin GmbH, Königsbrunn, Germany, 1985.
Wingspan: 17.0 m, Take-off weight: 820 kg, Cruising speed: 205 km/h, Minimum sink rate: 1.15 m/s at 95 km/h, is a motor glider built using composite materials. It has two side-by-side seats. In the 1970s, composite materials had become dominant in glider construction, resulting in significant performance improvements. Producers used their design and manufacturing experience to build power gliders as well. In the early 1980s the first models of the new generation appeared on the market. They were the successors of the post-war gliders with auxiliary motor (see Raab Krähe, p. 129) and touring motor gliders such as the Falke by Scheibe. They differ essentially from ‘normal’ Eclass planes mainly in their larger wingspan, and represent a real alternative because of their lower fuel consumption. The Taifun flew for the first time in 1981. Production continued until 1990, with 136 planes completed.
Manufacturer: Valentin GmbH, Königsbrunn, Germany, 1985.
Wingspan: 17.0 m, Take-off weight: 820 kg, Cruising speed: 205 km/h, Minimum sink rate: 1.15 m/s at 95 km/h, Best glide ratio: 28.6 at 110 km/h.
Power plant: 59 kW Limbach L 2000 flat-four engine.
Picture added on 03 November 2010 at 09:56
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Schleissheim Air & Space Museum, Germany
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