Anton Flettner

Germany

 

1885-1961

Anton Flettner was a German aviation engineer and inventor. Flettner made important contributions to the airplane, helicopter, vessel, and automobile designs.

After serving Germany in both World Wars, Anton Flettner emigrated for the United States post World War II as a consultant to the office of Naval Research at the United States Navy.

During World War II, Anton Flettner headed Flettner Flugzeubau GmbH, which specialized in reconnaissance helicopters for the German Luftwaffe (Air Force).

Flettner's helicopter inventions were financed from wealth acquired from his ventilator business, a company that was enhanced by the skill of his wife, Lydia Freudenberg Flettner.

 

Milestones associated with Anton Flettner
December 31, 1936 First flight of the first compound helicopter (Flettner Fl 185)
October 30, 1941 First flight of the world's first production helicopter (Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri)
December 29, 1961 Anton Flettner dies