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  • Christian Vetterlein
William Bushnell Stout and his achievements on the way to developing the “Ford Trimotor” passenger aircraft © Gregor Behling

William Bushnell Stout and his achievements on the way to developing the “Ford Trimotor” passenger aircraft

With revolutionary aircraft designs and engine constructions, William Bushnell laid the groundwork for the triple-engined Ford Trimotor passenger plane. This rugged range of aircraft was very popular with pilots due to its easy to handle flying dynamics and became known as the “Tin Goose” due to its corrugated metal cladding. The engine concept, which was highly unconventional at the time, lived on in many further models in the Ford Trimotor series and bore witness to Stout’s engineering and technical achievements.

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  • Melanie Wolf
Hanns Klemm – Light aircraft manufacturer and pioneer © Gregor Behling

Hanns Klemm – Light aircraft manufacturer and pioneer

As one of the best known aircraft designers of his time, Hans Klemm’s ideas of light and aerodynamic aircraft made his reputation as an aviation pioneer. The German engineer and entrepreneur developed exciting aircrafts such as the Klemm 35, which was a freestanding low-wing plane that was capable of performing stunt flying and which had a production run of over 1,300.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Melanie Wolf
Claude Ryan – Pioneer of modern aerobatics © Gregor Behling

Claude Ryan – Pioneer of modern aerobatics

US American Claude Ryan achieved a milestone in the history of flying and aerobatics when constructing the first series-built aeroplane with an aluminium fuselage and braced wings. As a passionate engineer, he paved the way for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris and some years later he built the Ryan St-A, which was one of the most beautiful aeroplanes of its time.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Christian Vetterlein
Henri Fabre – Paving the way for flight over water © Gregor Behling

Henri Fabre – Paving the way for flight over water

The first successful flight undertaken in a seaplane allowed the French aviation pioneer, Henri Fabre, to pave the way for the first transatlantic flights. The Hydravion seaplane, which could be recognised by its distinctive, “canard” construction, first emerged from the water on 28 March 1910. Fabre’s success inspired the whole aviation world and made later transatlantic flights possible.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Melanie Wolf
Otto Lilienthal – a precursor of powered human flight © Banana Guerilla

Otto Lilienthal – a precursor of powered human flight

With both theoretical and practical works, the German engineer, Otto Lilienthal, laid the foundations for powered human flight. His revolutionary flight principle inspired the Wright brothers to become passionate aviation pioneers, who started by building gliders in the early 20th century and who would go on to complete the first successful powered flights.