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Rhönadler Unknown sailplane ...

Richard Barthel

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I can't identify this one too ...(source unknown) Rhönadler ???

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Paul Williams

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The thick wing and balanced rudder suggests this is an early Rhonadler. The rudder is similar to that of the prototype and the canopy resembles a Rhonadler 32.
As an aside, I have the impressions that there were more Rhonadler variations than have been documented, including an open cockpit variant,
Paul
 

Richard Barthel

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Thank you.
I know a dozen different Rhönadler front fuselages , but the tails remained unchanged : the much modified rudder puzzled me ; and the rear fuselage seemed shorter ...

One of the open cockpit Rhönadler :

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Paul Williams

Level 3 Account
Richard,
original 18m prototype Rhonadler had a rudder of an entirely different shape to the later production version and can be seen on p.109 Sailplanes 1920-1945 by Martin Simmons. The trailing edge of the rudder is a continuous curve not unlike the Weihe.
In Hans Jacobs Pionierleben im Flugzeugbau Band 2 by Peyter Ocker, p271, there is another photo of the prototype. P.273 and p276 show different rudders.
The drawings of the pre 1933 rudder, post 1933 and the ridder of the Rhonadler 35, don't look quite right when compared to photos.
Like the open Rhonadler photo !
Paul
 
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