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DAN DAVIS


ARTHUR SACK "AS-6"


By early 1944 the AS 6 took shape. Its circular fabric-covered wing was about 21 feet in diameter. An Argus

AS 10 engine of 240 hp -- the same type used in the Storch -- drove a single two-blade wooden propeller. The

wing was equipped with ailerons for roll control, and a large flap was set into the wing just in front of the squat 

vertical fin, which was stencilled with a Swastika and the letters "AS 6/V1." A simple canopy with flat 

transparencies was provided for the pilot. Stocky, non-retractable landing gear betrayed the limited performance 

envelope of the machine. What the AS 6 lacked in the sophisticated drag-reducing features of the V-173 it 

compensated for with brute force: it possessed fifty percent more horsepower, but weighed just over half as

much as its American counterpart.


The plane was finally ready for testing in April 1944. Sack had convinced a pilot named Baltabol, the chief pilot

for ATG, a Junkers subcontractor at the base, to try out the peculiar machine. Baltabol soon found out that the

AS 6 was poorly built and had vicious handling qualities. The little disk swerved back and forth across the runway 

as he desperately tried to maintain control by alternately slamming the rudder pedals from one stop to the other. 

Five times he ran the AS 6 up and down the long Brandis field, veering from side to side. One of the overstressed 

landing gear struts finally snapped and brought the session to an end.



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