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Today I improved the ease of access to the articles on my site.
Click the tab “ACCESS TO THE PAGES ->”, then select any PDF-file that is listed. Have a nice day!

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WILLY FIEDLER, AVIATION AND MISSILE PIONEER

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I am posting a short biographical sketch of the life of

Willy FIEDLER

on the pageFROM FLEDERMAUS TO POLARIS” 


Willy Fiedler was a remarkable German/American aviation engineer, test pilot
and development scientist in Missiles and Rocket propulsion.
He is remembered by many as a cheerful, congenial person who made important contributions in his field of  endeavour.

CREATING THE PERFECT AIRPLANE

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Soon I plan to deposit on this website the story of Isaac Machlin Laddon and his superb creation the
PBY Catalina flying boat.

In 1934 he obtained with this airplane form that was perfect­ly matched to function.
He was so happy with it (rightly so), that he patented its shape, like Coca Cola had done with its bottle. Especially pleasing to the eye was the mounting of the high parasol wing on the fish-like hull. An original supporting structure was used; its origin puzzled the experts.

 Roscoe Creed wrote:  “…Laddon’s choices were:
–  to use struts to mount the wing as before,
–  or resort to a deep hull with a shoulder-mounted wing,
–  or a less deep hull with a gull-wing,
–  or set the wing on a pylon…
Just how and when Laddon came up with the pylon idea nobody knows…”

The article that I will be posting shortly under ‘PBY CATALINA’ pretends to give the answer.