H-101 Salto


The return of the H101 Salto is a welcome return with a new fuselage mould and new wing section (HQW 2.5/12)  now with scale trailing edge air brakes.  The builder can, however, build with the standard style Shemp Hirth air brakes which are widely available from model shops.

I would like to thank Steve Dowel of St Austel Model Centre for the loan of an original PT Salto Fuss to enable us to make a new mould.


Canopy, as usual, is available from Sarik Hobbies

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H101 Salto

The H101 Salto is an aerobatic glider of glass composite construction, developed in Germany in the 1970s. Based on the Standard Libelle H-201, it was designed by Ursula Hänle, widow of Eugen Hänle, former Director of Glasflügel. It was first produced by Start + Flug GmbH Saulgau.

Design and development

The H-101 differs from the Libelle in having a V-tail, showing its ancestry to the V-tailed Hütter H-30 GFK. Four flush-fitting air brakes were fitted to the trailing edges of the wings, replacing the more conventionally sited air brakes of the Standard Libelle. The Salto’s air brakes are hinged at their midpoints so that half the surface projects above the wing and half below.

The Salto prototype first flew on 6 March 1970, and 67 had been delivered by early 1977, when production at Start + Flug GmbH Saulgau ceased. Five more Saltos were built from 1993 to 1996 by the German company “LTB Frank & Waldenberger”, bringing total output of Salto gliders to 72.

The Salto was again made available in the late 1980s by Doktor Fiberglas, set up by Ursula Hänle at Westerburg in West Germany as the Hänle H 101 Salto, available in utility and aerobatic versions, with the Utility version available with either short or long-span wings.

Specifications (H 101 Aerobatic)

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 5.7 m (18 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 13.3 m (43 ft 8 in) ‘A’ version
15.5 m (51 ft) ‘U’ version
Height: 0.88 m (2 ft 11 in)
Wing area: 8.58 m2 (92.4 sq ft) A version
9.1 m2 (98 sq ft) ‘U’ version

Aspect ratio: 20.6 ‘A’ version
15.5 m (51 ft) ‘U’ version
Empty weight: 182 kg (401 lb) ‘A’ version
187 kg (412 lb) ‘U’ version

Max takeoff weight: 280 kg (617 lb) ‘A’ version
310 kg (680 lb) ‘U’ version

Stall speed: 70 km/h (43 mph, 38 kn) ‘A’ version
62 km/h (33 kn; 39 mph) ‘U’ version

Never exceed speed: 280 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn) ‘A’ version
250 km/h (130 kn; 160 mph) ‘U’ version
160 km/h (86 kn; 99 mph) on aero-tow
130 km/h (70 kn; 81 mph) on winch launch

g limits: +7 -4.9 ‘A’ version
Maximum glide ratio: 34.5 ‘A’ version at 94 km/h (51 kn; 58 mph)
37 ‘U’ version at 94 km/h (51 kn; 58 mph)
Rate of sink: 0.6 m/s (120 ft/min) ‘A’ version at 72 km/h (39 kn; 45 mph) at 250 kg (550 lb)
0.55 m/s (108 ft/min) ‘U’ version at 72 km/h (39 kn; 45 mph) at 250 kg (550 lb)

Wing loading: 32.6 kg/m2 (6.7 lb/sq ft) ‘A’ version
36.1 kg/m2 (7.4 lb/sq ft) ‘U’ version 13.3 m (44 ft) wings
34 kg/m2 (6.97 lb/sq ft) ‘U’ version 15.5 m (51 ft) wings

Additional information

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Short kit, Fuss, Wing Kit

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