Born: 24 February 1898 Bromberg, Austria.
Died: 5 June 1983 Munich, Berlin, Germany.
Rohrbach Metallflugzeug GmbH
Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH
Kurt Waldemar Tank was born in Bromberg, on 24 February 1898 and became a German aeronautical engineer and test pilot, heading the design department at Focke-Wulf from 1931 to 1945. He designed several important aircraft of World War Two, including the Fw 190 fighter aircraft.
Kurt Tank joined the Imperial German army and followed the family tradition by enlisting with the cavalry. However, Kurt, actually wanted to join the Luftstreitkräfte which was the German imperial Airforce. Nevertheless Kurt conducted himself extremely well and ended the war, with numerous medals for bravery.
Kurt Tank went to the technical University of Berlin and graduated in 1923. Kurt first job was with Rohrbach Metallflugzeug GmbH where he worked on flying boats, and helped in the design of the passenger aircraft Rohrbach Ro VIII Roland which was a conventional strut braced high wing monoplane powered by three engines. One in the nose and two mounted in nacelles on the wings.
Kurt next employer was Albatros Flugzeugwerke where he worked as a test pilot, However Albatros Flugzeugwerke went bankrupt, due to financial climate. In 1929. But in 1931 Albatros Flugzeugwerke was merged with Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH
The first project undertaken by Kurt was Fw 44 Stieglitz (Goldfinch) which was a two seat single engined, civilian biplane, which incidentally was Focke-Wulf first commercially successful aircraft.
In 1936 Kurt designed Fw 200 Condor which was four engined monoplane of all metal construction that entered service as an airliner for Lufthansa and later the Luftwaffe. Fw 200 maiden flight was on 27 July 1937, with Kurt Tank as pilot.
In 1939 Kurt Tank designed the famous Fw 190 which was a single seat, single engined fighter aircraft
of all metal construction in which over 20,000 were produced during the course of the war, which earned Kurt Tank the right to use his initials as the designation for all future designs such as Ta 152, Ta 153, Ta 154, Ta 183, Ta 283, Ta 400.
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