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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

Willy FIEDLER’s life in Germany

see also 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 endeavor.

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.

GOING A LONG WAY

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Somehow the real theme of this website seems to be
long distance flight in the last century.
Today I am posting the page ‘ZERO MYTH’ by my friend Roy Day about the Japanese Zero fighter that could fly 2000 miles.
There were rumors that it was invincible…
Until one day in 1942 a PBY Catalina came across a shot-down Zero in the Aleutians..
ZERO MYTH

Read also the remarkable companion story in Sport Aviation.
(Link provided.)

THE RORBACH ARCHIVES additions

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Since The Rohrbach Chronicles appeared on my site in May 2014, several hundred people have viewed them and I have received several very complimentary reactions. Among them from Europe and also a great many from the United States. Some respondents were so friendly as to send me additional material about the subjects that I covered.
I am very grateful for this show of cordiality.
From time to time I intend to use the material I received to complement my archive-on-site.

Today a new, short addition with a well-known but very special photograph.

See the page: ”THE ROHRBACH ARCHIVES – Additions I

airplane construction interbellum – like Rohrbach and many other pioneers