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The Alexander Lippisch Papers (, n.d.) located in Special Collections, contains biographical material, correspondence, scientific research, materials. Biography. Special Lecturer Alexander Lippisch has been teaching at the University of Akron since He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology. Alexander M. Lippisch, (born Nov. 2, , Munich—died Feb. 11, , Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.), German-American aerodynamicist whose designs of tailless .

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A Letter From Your Pilot: His E 15 tail-less design was of interest as a rocketplane. His most famous designs are the Messerschmitt Me rocket-powered interceptor [1]: He was an early proponent of the delta-wing configuration.

Flaps at the alexnader of the fan work to divert the outflowing air which produces lift and thrust, or a combination of both. The Aerodyne, however, has good science behind it. But despite its flaws, the Me boasted superb aerodynamic qualities and flying attributes. After the transfer, Lippisch decided to focus a,exander attention on solving the problems common in high-speed flight.

Bizarre Aircraft: the Lippisch Aerodyne • Disciples of Flight

Lippisch took up the idea in with very little in the way of experience in tailless airplanes, making it true pioneering work. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This was the beginning of a research programme that would result in some fifty designs throughout the s and s.

Ultimate Lippisch Combat Aerodyne. In the field of aviation, we definitely find both. Internet URLs are the best. By the time the war ended, however, the project had only advanced as far as a development glider, the DM Rudolf “Pitz” Opitz http: In order to help with forward flight, the Aerodyne was designed to have conventional tail unit at the rear, which allowed for control of the pitch and yaw.

Despite the flight test being a success, development for the aerodyne officially ended on November 30, Steinmann, Hagen, Westphalia ; and in he joined the staff of the aerodynamics and design department of the Rhon-Rossittengesellschaft, north of Frankfurt. Max Valier and Alexander Sander also succeeded in xlexander enthusiasm for rocket propulsion in a twenty- seven-year-old aircraft designer, Gottlop Espenlaub.


Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. From he served as director of research for the Aeronautical Research Institute in Vienna, Austria. In he worked with Fritz Stamer, his future brother-in-law, who also became his business partner and served as a test pilot. Yet Lippisch survived alexamder dark days, employed by Zeppelin but also moving forward in clandestine entrepreneurial efforts with powered aircraft.

Cheaper and simpler materials could be used to build such aircraft, like fiberglass and aluminum-plated foam. Lippisch also designed conventional gliders at this time, including the Wien of and its successor the Fafnir of Lippisch consulted on the craft, now known as the Dornier E It was powered by a conventional aircraft propeller and was capable aleaxnder flying far from the ground like a regular airplane.

Control was effected by deflecting the slipstream in li;pisch desired direction. Lippisch US patent 2, Lippisch decided that this would only be possible by making the wing near the body longer, and this is how he arrived at the delta shaped wing.

Alex Lippisch

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Lippisch retired from Collins Radio Company in Alexander Lippisch, led to a US Navy proposal in for a short-range carrier-based interceptor fighter using a similar layout. This idea was utilized in the aerofoil boat, which was a seaplane that flew efficiently near the ground or water surface. Boyne is a retired U. The collection also includes copies of patent applications for Lippisch’s work as well as the work of other aeronautical engineers.

Plans for much larger military transport and patrol versions never went beyond the drawing board. Because of post-World War I aviation restrictions, he began his flying career in gliders. The Aerodyne project was discontinued inat which time Lippisch became the director of the hydrodynamic laboratory at Collins. The Alexander Lippisch Papersn. Stamer executed a successful forced landing, but the airplane was consumed in flames. Lippisch believed the new shape would be advantageous for fighters, bombers and transports.


However, Lippisch contracted cancerand resigned from Collins. Despite this first brush with airplanes, he still planned to pursue a profession in the arts just like his father. After Kate died in from an acute appendicitis attack, he married Gertrude Knoblauch the following year.

The Duck design lent itself to the installation of two simple black powder rockets, intended to be fired sequentially for maximum duration. However, this lippidch full power and had excessive fuel consumption as penalty. At first look, the design will leave most people wondering how on earth the engineers managed to get such a bizarrely shaped aircraft off the ground. Nonetheless, the deltawing planform in its many variations—tailless, tailed, ogival, etc.

To generate lift and propulsion the Lippisch Aerodyne would utilize two co-axial propellers, the slipstream from each being deflected downwards through flaps for VTOL. Experience with the Storch series led Lippisch to concentrate increasingly on delta-winged designs. While the genius of men such as Kelly Johnson, Ed Heinemann, Igor Sikorsky and others is widely and justly celebrated, there are many other engineers who attained truly stellar status among their peers, but who are virtually unknown to the public.

The strictures of the Versailles treaty were beginning to ease, and Lippisch was able to lead experiments with powered gliders.

It was alsxander with a Lycoming piston engine driving a shrouded pusher propeller. His most important work during this period was the design of nine tailless aircraft, designated Storch I through IX. Fromhe was working for the aeronautical division of the Collins Radio Company in Iowa, and it was here his interest turned to the concept of ground effect craft.