Thursday, 12 March 2015

Alexander Martin Lippisch

Alexander Martin Lippisch


Branch: Civilian
Born: 2 November 1894 in Munich, Germany.
Died: 11 February 1976 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA.

Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH 1918
Rhön-Rossitten Gesellschaft
Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug Messerschmitt AG
Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt Wien 1943


Personal Information:

Alexander Martin Lippisch was born in Munich, Germany on 2 November 1894 and was a German aircraft engineer during World War II. Alexander Lippisch joined the Imperial German army during World War I, while in the service of the German army. He flew as aerial photographer and mapper. After the First World War he managed to get a job with Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH.

It was whilst working at Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH that Alexander Lippisch became increasingly interested in tailless aircraft. And in 1921 Alexander first design was built by Gottlob Espenlaub and was called Lippisch-Espenlaub E-2 this glider plane was the first in a series of some 50 designs undertaken throughout the 1920s, and the 1930s, Alexander soon came to the attention of Rhön-Rossitten Gesellschaft (RRG), a glider, research group and was appointed director.

Alexander Lippisch also designed the Ente (Duck) which was an experimental sailplane glider and as a point of interest this plane was flown under rocket power on the 11 June 1928 and became the world's first rocket powered aircraft.

Alexander designed several series of aircraft Storch I to Storch IX also Delta I to Delta V the Delta IV and Delta V were redesignated DFS 39 and DFS 40.

In 1939 Alexander and is close team of associates, went to work for Messerschmitt in order to help design a high-speed fighter aircraft around Hellmuth Walter rocket engines this amalgamation of skills eventually lead to the design and production Me 163 also known as the Komet.

In 1943 Alexander left Messerschmitt due to continue problems and went to join Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt Wien (LFW Aeronautical Research Institute) in Vienna in which he spent his time trying to solve the problems with high-speed flight whilst working for Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt Wien, Alexander also took the opportunity to go to the University of Heidelberg after completing his course. He attained a doctoral degree in engineering.

Alexander Martin Lippisch was relocated to the United States. After World War II, as part of Operation Paperclip.


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