Kl 26
Role Training plane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Klemm
First flight 1928
Number built 170 (German-built L 26 only)
Developed from Klemm Kl 25

The Klemm L 26, later Klemm Kl 26, was a low-wing trainer aircraft built by Klemm.

Design and development

The L 26 was a larger, reinforced development of the Klemm L 25.[1]

Like the L 25, the L 26 was a single engined low-wing monoplane with fixed conventional landing gear. Most variants were two-seaters with tandem open cockpits.

Operational history

The L 26 was first flown in 1928 and entered production the following year and was produced until 1936.[2] The L 26 was also produced in the United States by Aeromarine-Klemm as the AKL-26.[3]

In 1931, Oskar Dinort won the Deutschlandflug in an L 26 Va.[4] Other notable pilots of the L 26 included Ernst Udet and Elly Beinhorn.[5]

Variants

Klemm

This is an incomplete list.

Elly Beinhorn's radial engined L 26
Elly Beinhorn's radial engined L 26
L 26 II
Two-seat trainer, radial engine
L 26 III
Enclosed cockpit[6]
L 26 V
Two-seat trainer
  • L 26 Va, 95 hp Argus As 8A-2 engine
  • L 26 Vc, 120 hp Argus As 8 engine; most produced variant[6]
  • L 26 Ve, 120 hp Argus As 8A-3 engine
VL 26
Three-seat touring aircraft
Klemm L 27
Klemm L 27
L 27
Enlarged front cockpit[1]
L 28
Aerobatics aircraft, 150 hp Siemens-Halske Sh 14A engine[1]
L 30
Homebuilt aircraft based on the L 25/26[1]

Aeromarine-Klemm

American-built AKL-26 floatplane
American-built AKL-26 floatplane
AKL-60
Prototypes of the AKL-26, 3 built[7]
AKL-26
70 hp LeBlond engine, 7 built[7][8]
AKL-26 Special
Floatplane conversion of the AKL-26 with Edo floats and a 65 hp Velie M-5 engine, one converted[7]
AKL-26A
Extra fuel tank, one AKL-26 converted[7][8]
L-26A
Floatplane version of the AKL-26A, at least 14 built[7][8]
L-26B
Also AKL-26B or AKL-85, 85 hp LeBlond 85-5DF engine, floats optional[7][8]
L-26X
65 hp Velie M-5 engine[7]
L-27
Also AKL-27, L-26B with 110 hp LeBlond 110-7DF engine[7]

Survivors

Surviving AKL-26 at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Surviving AKL-26 at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Of the 170 aircraft built in Germany, only one survived World War II, and that aircraft no longer exists. However, an American-built AKL-26 is on display in a dismantled state at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red Hook, New York.[9]

Specifications (AKL-26A)

Data from [7][8]

General characteristics

Performance

See also

Related development

Related lists

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Klemm L-25". www.airwar.ru. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  2. ^ Heinz J, Nowarra (1985). Die deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945. Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-763-75464-4.
  3. ^ "Aeromarine L-26 / AKL-26 / AKL-27 / AKL-60 / AKL-85 / Klemm L-26 / Uppercu L-26B". all-aero.com. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  4. ^ (PDF). 2018-04-25 https://web.archive.org/web/20180425114817/https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1931/1931%20-%200886.PDF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2020-07-09. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Hanns Klemm geht neue Wege in FliegerRevue, July 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "LuftArchiv.de - Das Archiv der Deutschen Luftwaffe". www.luftarchiv.de. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Aeromarine L-26 / AKL-26 / AKL-27 / AKL-60 / AKL-85 / Klemm L-26 / Uppercu L-26B". all-aero.com. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Aeromarine-Klemm AKL-26A two-seat training and sport monoplane". www.skytamer.com. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  9. ^ "Golden Age (1919-1940) « Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome". Retrieved 2020-07-09.