Introduction to Detlef Oberbach's and Josef Schmitz's Klemm 25D Project:
|Klemm Kl 25 (source Wikipedia) was a successful German light leisure, sports and training monoplane aircraft, developed in 1928. More than 600 aircraft were built, and manufacturing licenses were sold to the UK and the USA.|
Length: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
Max Speed: 160 km/h (99 mph, 86 kts)
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Detlef Oberbach and Josef Schmitz Rotec R2800 Powered Klemm 25 d was completed and flying March 2013
8th of March 2013:
6th of March 2013
From: Detlef and Josef
Subject: first flight Klemm 25 Germany
The maiden flight took place yesterday and everything seemed to be OK. It took 30 minutes.
October 2012:The Klemm 25D was covered, sent of to be painted, on return a final installation of the engine was completed. The Rotec Radial was started for the first time and ground testing of the engine commenced on home base EDKA ...
2nd of August 2012: Engine arrives and is test mounted.
June 2012: A critical event - testing the wings with 1,5 tons on each side.
February and March 2012 were devoted to the fuselage frame.
By the end of January 2012 the framework for the wings and rudder are completed
November was devoted to making wing spars. By December we were doing a lot of gluing and assembly including the nose ribs
||Detlef and Joseph built the Klemm from scratch starting with choosing an appropriate tree trunk of Scandinavian pine in October 2011.
Building the plane was conducted on the basis of a more or less complete set of copied plans (rather less than more ) and hundreds of pictures taken during the restoration of an original Klemm which were given to us.
Detlef has already built 10 RVs, but has never worked with wood. Josef used to be a model carpenter and is the technical director of a foundry now, but does not even have a pilot's license. Together they managed to finish the Klemm on the basis of their respective knowledge in a little more than a year. A good team!
- Construction begins with the first cuts into the Scandinavian pine