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The Rolladen-Schneider LS1
is a Standard Class
single seater glider
that was manufactured by Rolladen-Schneider
from 1968 to 1977.
The LS-1 Standard Class design was the first aircraft type arising from the partnership between Wolf Lemke
and Walter Schneider
, who had already worked together as students on the ground breaking Akaflieg Darmstadt D-36
. Here, and in subsequent Lemke-Schneider (LS) designs, Wolf Lemke concentrated on the aerodynamics while Walter Schneider contributed mostly to the structural and production issues.
The LS1 made its debut at the 1968 German National Championships, taking first and second place with the designers themselves at the controls. The success of this design increased in the subsequent years until, in 1975, it was the most flown glider in the German Nationals. The LS1 took first place in the 1970 World Championships
at Marfa, Texas.
The manufacture of the LS1 was discontinued after the IGC
introduced the new unrestricted 15 meter Class
in the spring 1977, as the manufacturer needed all its resources to increase production of the LS3
A total of 464 LS1 were built. It was succeeded by the LS2
- The designers desired to demonstrate that high performance and pleasant flight characteristics could coexist in a standard class sailplane built with the then still unexplored......