Grob G 104 Speed Astir

Grob G 104 Speed Astir

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name=G 104 Speed Astir and Speed Astir II


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type=15 metre class sailplane
national origin=Germany
manufacturer=Grob
designer=Burkhart Grob
first flight=April avyear|1978
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The Grob G 104 Speed Astir was a competition sailplane produced in Germany in the late 1970s as Grob's first design in the 15 metre class. Taking the G 102 Astir design as a starting point, the Speed Astir featured a new wing of narrower chord and different section, a fin and rudder of reduced height, capacity for 150 kg (330 lb) of water ballast, and "elastic flaps". This latter feature eliminated the drag normally created by the gap between the wing trailing edge and a deployed flap by attaching the highly-elastic skin of the wing to the flap itself, so that when the flap was deployed, this skin would stretch over the gap that would normally be created.

The original Speed Astir flew in early 1978, but was replaced in production by the end of the year by a refined design named the Speed Astir II. This had a slimmer, laminar-flow fuselage and made use of carbon fibre in its construction. A version with a lengthened fuselage for taller pilots and incorporating carbon fibre wing spars was made available in 1979 as the IIB, along with an increased-span version of the IIB as the II 17.5. Production of all variants was discontinued shortly thereafter.

pecifications (Speed Astir II)

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wing area sqm=11.5
wing area sqft=124
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aspect ratio= 19.6
empty weight kg=265
empty weight lb=584
gross weight kg=515
gross weight lb=1,135
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max speed mph=168
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glide ratio= 41.5
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sink rate ms= 0.6
sink rate ftmin= 120

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