Alexander Lippisch

Engineer, Aircraft designer

1894 – 1976

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Who was Alexander Lippisch?

Alexander Martin Lippisch was a German pioneer of aerodynamics. He made important contributions to the understanding of flying wings, delta wings and the ground effect. His most famous design is the Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket-powered interceptor.

Lippisch was born in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria. He later recalled that his interest in aviation stemmed from a demonstration conducted by Orville Wright, over Tempelhof Field in Berlin, in September 1909. Nonetheless, he planned to follow his father’s footsteps into art school. The outbreak of World War I intervened. During his service with the German Army from 1915–1918, Lippisch had the chance to fly as an aerial photographer and mapper.

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Born
Nov 2, 1894
Munich
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Germany
Profession
Lived in
  • Munich
Died
Feb 11, 1976
Cedar Rapids

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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