A project of the Vintage Sailplane Association (USA)
How do you build, maintain and repair wooden gliders? Hans Jacobs (designer of
Weihe, Meise, Kranich, Habicht, and many more famous sailplanes of the 1930s and
1940s) wrote the book, called Werkstattpraxis, to aid the growing sport of gliding in
Germany in the early 1930s. Its effect on pre-World War II glider building was
electrifying. He updated it several times up through the 1950s, always in German.
Today the book is as applicable as ever for those maintaining and restoring wooden
vintage sailplanes or aiming to build new wooden gliders or vintage replicas. For those
interested in the history and development of soaring it is a must-read. The Vintage
Sailplane Association has now finished its translation, a 25-year volunteer project, for
English-speaking readers and is making it available summer 2016
Editors: Neal Pfeiffer and Simine Short
Published by the Vintage Sailplane Association, July, 2016
This translated edition includes an Addendum of up-to-date information prepared by
Neal Pfeiffer, Ph.D. for those wanting to produce or repair wooden sailplanes in today’s
world, a valuable addition for safety, convenience.
Hard, full-color cover, 384 pages, with 338 black and white figures and gray scale
photos. Appendix highlights thirteen vintage German glider types from the 1930s and
1940s each with photo and 3-view drawing.