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Ho XVI "Colibrí" (Hummingbird)

The "Colibrí" was designed on the request of the "Cóndor" glider club from Buenos Aires in 1950, as a wooden light glider (12 meters), inexpensive, easy to build (in one piece), and attractive to both, students and experienced glider pilots. 

It was built by the club's flight instructor, Waldemar Sturm, and ended in 1952. He also made the first car tow in Merlo's airfield. 

Then the "Colibrí was taken to Juarez-Celman's airfield, near Córdoba, to continue with the tests. Here Heinz Scheidhauer could make the first airplane tow. 

In spite of being towed by a rope of 150 m. long, the "Colibrí" appeared to be caught by the turbulence created by the tow plane, and the pilot lost control of it. The "Colibrí" touched briefly the ground, climbed 15 m., stalled and felled inverted. Miraculously Scheidhauer appeared from the incident with some minor bruises. 

The "Colibrí" was never rebuilt, due to the many questions about his stability and controllability. 

Wingspan 12.00 m.
Height 01.10 m.
Wing area 16.00 m2
Empty weight 80 kg.
Maximum weight 160 kg.
Payload 80 kg.
Maximum glide speed 200 km/h
Landing speed 55 km/h
Best glide ratio 30:1 at 70 km/h and loading of 17.8 kg/m2

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