Darmstadt D 17 "Darmstadt"
Type
Single seat glider
Dimensions
Length 6,5 m, span  16,0 m, wing area 16,6 m2, aspect ratio 15,4
Weights
Empty 155 kg, max. flying weight 224 kg, wing loading 13,5 kg/m2
Type
Werk.Nr
Registration
History
     
Designed by  H. Volker in 1927  Profile Göttingen 535. Automatic connection for ailerons
The construction of the D-17 Darmstadt was completed in time for the glider to participate in the contest Rhön 1927 during which Nehring realized a magnificent flight of 51.8 km. In 1928 the "Darmstadt" was brought to the U.S., Cape Cod. Peter Hesselbach realized a 4 hour flight over the dunes. But the machine was badly damaged after Hesselbach had struck the pole with a flag. The wreck was sold and repaired. Changes were made, especially the cockpit was closed and added a wheel. Renamed "Chanute" machine flew especially with Jack O'Meara, the most famous American pilot at the time.