Glaser-Dirks DG-500

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Glaser-Dirks DG-500
Type: Glider of Doppelsitzer- / Open Class
Design country:

Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany


DG aircraft construction

First flight:

March 19, 1987

Number of pieces:


DG-505 with winglets during hillside flying in Pennsylvania , USA
Cockpit of a DG-505

When Glaser-Dirks DG-500 - later DG-505 - is a two-seater mid-wing - Glider in GRP construction method, which in the aircraft construction GmbH DG in Bruchsal was made. The sailor is available as a trainer with 18 meters or as a performance two-seater with a span of 20 or 22 meters.

From 2004 the DG-500 was only manufactured in the newest version as "DG-505 Orion" at AMS Flight in Slovenia. After the appearance of DG Flugzeugbau DG-1000 , AMS gave up the production of DG aircraft.


DG-500 in winch launch
DG-500 on approach for landing

The hull is - apart from the additional rudder connections for the flaps in the 22 m version - always the same. The landing gear is retractable in both versions and the tail unit is of the T-construction. On the DG-500/22, the ailerons (and thus also the flaps) extend over the full span of the wings. In addition, the DG-500/22 can carry up to 160 kg of additional ballast in the form of water in the wings, which is not possible with the trainer version. The 18 m version is fully suitable for aerobatics . It is approved up to 7 g positive and 5 g negative. There are also variants with a 20 m span and winglets .

With the DG-500M there is also a self-starting variant.

Technical specifications

Parameter DG-500/18 m DG-500/22 m
span 18 m 22 m
Hull length 8.66 m
Empty mass 380 kg 445 kg
Max. Takeoff mass 615 kg 750 kg
Water ballast - 160 l
Top speed 270 km / h
Glide ratio 40 at 103 km / h 44 (20 m) or 47 (22 m) at 95 km / h

Perlan project

On August 29, 2006, Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson carried out a flight with a modified DG-505 as part of the Perlan Project , during which they reached an altitude of 15,460 m. They held the FAI altitude record in the open class until it was exceeded on September 3, 2017 with the Perlan II .

Web links

Commons : DG-500  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Archive link ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ AMS Flight Team (December 4, 2008): AMS shifts its future focus to the Carat and Magnus designs , accessed on May 2, 2010
  3. FAI Record ID # 14043. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on April 13, 2015 ; accessed on January 27, 2015 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Sebastian Steinke: Motorless at more than 15,000 meters. In: September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017 .