Thursday, 12 March 2015

Robert Lusser

Robert Lusser


Branch: Civilian
Born: 19 April 1899 in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died: 19 January 1969 in Munich, Germany

Klemm Leichtflugzeugbau GmbH
Heinkel Flugzeugwerke
Messerschmitt AG 1933
Heinkel Flugzeugwerke 1938
Fieseler Flugzeugbau


Personal Information:

Robert Lusser was a German engineer, aircraft designer and aviator during World War II.
Robert Lusser was a gifted pilot and won in number and of international competitions, International Light Aircraft Contest in 1928, International Tourist Plane Contests flying several variants of Klemm aircraft. Robert Lusser also took part Challenge International de Tourisme 1929, Giro Aereo d'Italia 1930, Challenge International de Tourisme 1930, Challenge International de Tourisme 1932.

Robert Lusser was first employed by the aircraft manufacturer Klemm, and at a later date, joined Heinkel, another aircraft manufacturing company, in 1933 Robert began working for Messerschmitt while there he assisted Willy Messerschmitt their first notable design was the Bf 108 which was used by the Luftwaffe as a training aircraft, the next aircraft they produced was the Bf 109 fighter.

Robert Lusser became head of Messerschmitts design bureau by 1934 and was in charge of the Bf 110 heavy fighter project.

In 1938, Robert returned Heinkel as head of the design and development of the He 280 which was the first jet fighter to leave the drawing board, and He 219 which was an advanced night fighter design.
Due to a disagreement between Robert Lusser and Ernst Heinkel over the design of the He 280 in which
the RLM rejected the plane, outright in favour of the
Messerschmitt Me 262. Ernst Heinkel decided to dismiss Robert, and then resubmitted the plans in a simplified version that was eventually accepted by the RLM and saw limited production.

Following Roberts dismissal from Messerschmitts he immediately joined Fieseler, in which he became involved in the famous or infamous V-1 flying bomb project originally designated Fi 103 it was while working for Fieseler, that Robert met Fritz Gosslau who was working for Argus who were developing the pulse jet that was to power the V-1 flying bomb.

However in 1942. The V-1 flying bomb project received a boost in the form of Erhard Milch who fully understood the potential of this weapon and reassigned the priority of this weapon to high. However, in doing so, this for the V-1 flying bomb project in direct competition Wernher von Braun's V-2 rocket project.

Robert Lusser was relocated to the United States. After World War II, as part of Operation Paperclip.


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