Akaflieg Karlsruhe AK-8


The AK-8 is a single-seat FAI-Standard Class sailplane, designed and built in Germany by members of Akaflieg Karlsruhe which can be distinguished by its elliptical leading edge.

Akaflieg Karlsruhe AK-8
AK-8b nach Erstflug.jpg
the AK-8
Role Standard-class glider
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Akaflieg Karlsruhe
First flight August 2003[1]
Number built 1

Design and developmentEdit

The AK-8 rolling for take-off at Aalen-Elchingen

Made of synthetic materials, such as aramid fibre, carbon fibre and glass-fibre with cast aluminium alloy ribs, the AK-8 wing features an elliptical leading edge. The fuselage is derived from that of the DG-600M.

The first flight of the AK-8 took place in 2003, but a field landing accident caused severe damage to the left wing. After the left wing was rebuilt, the AK-8 flew again in 2009. In 2014 new outer wings with winglets were built to improve the flying characteristic.[2]


General characteristics

  • Length: 6.82 m (22 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 15 m (49 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 9.75 m2 (104.9 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 232.8 kg (513 lb)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ AK-8 Erstflug Archived 2010-02-25 at the Wayback Machine bei akaflieg-karlsruhe.de
  2. ^ "AK-8" (in German). 11 June 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2016.


  • Jansen, Andre (2014). "kaflieg Karlsruhe AK-8: Im Zeichen der Ellipse". Aerokurier (in German). ISSN 0341-1281.

External linksEdit

  • Akaflieg Karlsruhe (in German)