The Holmes KH-1 is a British single-seat high-performance homebuilt sailplane designed and built by Kenneth Holmes and first flown on 27 November 1971.

Role Single-seat high-performance homebuilt sailplane
National origin United Kingdom
Designer Kenneth Holmes
First flight 27 November 1971
Number built 1

Design edit

The KH-1 is a shoulder-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional all-wood semi-monocoque fuselage and tail unit with an all-moving tailplane, the wings have small-span flaps for control during approach but no airbrakes or spoilers.[1] The pilot has a semi-reclined seat in an enclosed cockpit under a two-piece transparent canopy.[1] The KH-1 landing gear is a retractable monowheel gear and a tailskid, it is also fitted with a tail drag chute to control speed during approach.[1]

Specifications edit

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1973-74[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.315 m (24 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.56 m (61 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 11.70 m2 (126 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 226 kg (500 lb)
  • Gross weight: 325 kg (716 lb)


  • Maximum speed: 158 km/h (97.5 mph, 84.7 kn)
  • Stall speed: 67 km/h (41.5 mph, 36.1 kn)

References edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b c d Taylor 1973, p. 576

Bibliography edit

  • Taylor, John W.R., ed. (1973). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1973-74. London, United Kingdom: Jane's Yearbooks. ISBN 0-354-00117-5.

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