Standard Libelle (202, 203, 204)

Glasflügel recognized the sign of the times and made some effort to improve the performance and flight characteristics of the production aircraft.

In this sense, the prototypes 202, 203 and 204 can be seen as a forerunner for the later aircraft. In 1970 the 202, a Standard Libelle with a modified fuselage and a T-tail was built under the influence of Eugen Aeberli. The fuselage front part with the rounded canopy still comes from the Standard Libelle, while the fuselage tube behind the wing does not have the teardrop shape with point upwards, but an oval cross-section. The first flight took place on the 6th of November 1970.

This Standard Libelle first had the German registration D-0649 and was subsequently registered in Switzerland as HB-1062 and is now registered again in Germany.

In 1972, the Standard Libelle 203 followed, of which two were built. The two-time German champion Ernst-Gernot Peter was able to achieve a number of excellent competition results with the V1, registration D-0603. The V2 with the registration D-3017 was built in 1973 for the multiple Italian champion Pronzati, but always bore German registration.

The V2 differs from the first model by a one-piece canopy, a more modern profile in the horizontal stabilizer and by the Kestrel wheels on the wing tips. The 203 also has the normal wing of the Standard Libelle, but has the new fuselage with the integrated canopy.

Another prototype is the Standard Libelle 204. Only one aircraft with the registration D-2044 was built in 1973. The first flight took place on 14 January 1973. The 204 looks like the standard Libelle 203, only it has the new trailing edge brake flaps that were later used on the Club Libelle.

All three Prototypes are still in Germany.

From top: 202, 203 & 204

Wingspan                         15.00 m
Surface Area                    9.80 m²
Aspect Ratio                    22.96
Profile                               FX66-17AII-182
Length                              6.20 m

Empty Weight                                  180 kg
Maximum Cockpit Weight             110 kg
Maximum Gross Weight                290 kg

Maximum Speed                              220 km/h
Stall Speed                                         62 km/h

Minimum sink at  81 km/h              0.68 m/s
Best Glide at 92 km/h                      34,5