In the 1920`s Fred Slingsby decided their was a lack of an intermediate glider In England and brought the Alexander Lippisch designed Falke plans from Germany.He built 10 aircraft the Falcon and Falcon2 the first of which first flew in 1931
In 1984-5 Southdown aero services built a reproduction on which this model is based.
The plans were drawn by John and Ivan from the team to a scale of 1:2.5 for practability and transportation.The wing section was also changed to a more modern section for improved flying characteristics,the 6 meter span was to be built into 4 pieces and the tail plane and fin were to be made removable.
The formers and ribs were cut on the teams cnc cutter by Al.Construction was conventional using Douglas fir for the spars and longarons.The model is covered in 1/32 ply and the open structure is covered in Diatex and the complete model was then brushed with dope.
The model first flew in May 2013.All went well with the first flight but on subsequent flights the model suffered from elevator flutter on the tow. since then the elevator closed loop control has been re-engineeredand to date has operated faultlessly.the model has flown throughout 2013 and has become a delight to fly and enjoyed by members of the team!