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  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Melanie Wolf
Fedor Koniukhov and his spectacular balloon circumnavigation of the world © Gregor Behling

Fedor Koniukhov and his spectacular balloon circumnavigation of the world

With his spectacular voyage around the earth’s circumference, the adventurer Fedor Koniukhov has set new records, unmatched in the long history of balloon travel. The Russian-Orthodox priest successfully circumnavigated the world in just eleven days, sometimes under extreme conditions, beating Steve Fossett’s old record by 36 hours.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Andrea Schenz
Anton Landolt and Eugen Hostettler – Breaking new ground for Ecolight aircraft in Switzerland © Gregor Behling

Anton Landolt and Eugen Hostettler – Breaking new ground for Ecolight aircraft in Switzerland

Ecolight aircraft enjoy popularity in the aviation sector primarily as a result of their environmentally friendly, small capacity engines and their light weight. In view of their technological advantages, it is even more astonishing that motorised, series-production aircraft were banned in 1984 on environmental grounds. Anton Landolt and Eugen Hostettler were leading lights in the campaign against the ultralight ban in Switzerland and, after many years of trying, eventually succeeded in getting the ban repealed.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Melanie Wolf
Juan de la Cierva and the autogyro – a revolution in helicopter design © Gregor Behling

Juan de la Cierva and the autogyro – a revolution in helicopter design

The name of the Spanish engineer and aviation pioneer, Juan de la Cierva, is closely associated with the invention of the auto-rotating gyrocopter. Powered by the airstream the rotor generates the necessary uplift and enables a low weight and a slow flying speed. Juan de la Cierva revolutionised the way helicopters were built – learn more about his achievements and the role autogyros are playing today.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Melanie Wolf
Dornier Do 24 – A milestone in aviation history © Simon Willson/AirTeamImages.com

Dornier Do 24 – A milestone in aviation history

With the development of the Dornier Type 24, which was capable of flying over the ocean, the German aviation pioneer Claude Dornier, achieved an important milestone in aviation history in 1937. A flying boat, equipped with a floating fuselage and three powerful engines, became renowned worldwide, with a total of 313 aircraft being built.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Andrea Schenz
Supersonic speed through swept wings © pixabay, Aleksandra2016

Supersonic speed through swept wings

Adolf Busemann laid the foundations for supersonic flight over eighty years ago, with his concept of swept wing aircraft. It was Busemann who made it possible for us to fly further and faster.