No. 9818. Scheibe SF-23C Sperling (D-ECYS c/n 3500)
Photographed at Schaffen, Belgium, by Henk Wadman

Scheibe SF-23C Sperling

04/30/2010. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Scheibe-Flugzeugbau GmbH of Dachau, Germany, was founded at the end of 1951 by Dipl.-Ing. Egon Scheibe, who had previously designed the tandem two-seat general purpose glider Mü-13E Bergfalke (Mountain Falcon) for the Akaflieg München (Akademische Fliegergruppe, an academic group of students with interest in designing, building and flying aircraft), which flew for the first time on August 5, 1951. More than 250 of this glider were produced as the Scheibe Bergfalke II.

After the construction of powered aircraft again became permissible in Germany, Scheibe began work on a small two-seat light aircraft of mixed wood-steel-fabric construction with quickly-removable wings. Known as the SF-25 V1 Sperling (Sparrow), powered by a 65 hp Continental A65 engine, and registered D-EBIN (c/n 2001), the prototype made its first flight on August 8, 1955. It was followed by 26 production aircraft (of which the first flew in September, 1958) produced in three versions differing only in powerplant:

Created April 30, 2010