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An orange Schleicher Ka-4 Rhönlerche aircraft.

Schleicher Ka-4 Rhönlerche

The Rhönlerche was designed as a cheap and simple two-seat training glider.

The Rhönlerche was widely used at gliding clubs throughout Europe from 1955 onwards.

This glider has an appropriate name. Rhönlerche is German for a lark from the Rhön mountains, the largest peak of which is Wasserkuppe. That mountain was home to one of the main gliding schools in West Germany.

This Rhönlerche was built in 1959. It was operated by the Royal Air Force Germany Gliding Association at RAF Gutersloh from 1977 for several years.

Date: 1959
Mark: II
Crew: 1 (pilot)
Passengers: 1
Top speed: 106 mph (170 km/h) 

a red and white Rhonlerche glider hanging from the ceiling of a hangar, surrounded by other aeroplanes.

The Rhönlerche glider hanging from the ceiling of the Civil Aviation hangar at the National Museum of Flight. 

Cockpit view

Inside one of two cockpits of the Rhonlerche glider. The framework of the cockpit is white and the dashboards are black. Some dials are missing from the dashboards.

The cockpit of the Rhönlerche glider.

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