The Alexander Lippisch Papers , n. In addition to a rich array of material relating to Lippisch's work in aeronautical engineering, the collection also includes biographical material about Lippisch and publications and photographs related to general aviation history. Scientific files document Lippisch's work designing sailplanes and gliders, delta winged aircraft, and aerodynes, as well as research involving aerodynamics, smoke tunnels, and ground effect. These files include materials such as calculations, data, statistics and experimental test results, and technical designs and conceptual drawings of aircraft designs.
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Alexander M. He was 81 years old. Lippisch was born in Munich. His career in aviation began at the end of World War I, when he became associated with the Dornier Aircraft Company, where he stayed four years. He was then active in the design of sailplanes and gliders until , when he joined the Messerschmitt Company as chief of design and speed research. Lippisch's main contribution at Messerschmitt was the development of the ME B, the first operational, rocketpowered fighter plane.
This aircraft, which became operation late in war, was the world's fastest at the time. It had a speed of miles an hour and could climb to 30, feet in three minutes. From to , he was director of research at the Airplane Research Institute in Vienna, and it was there that he was taken into custody by Operation Paperclip, an Allied postwar effort to round up top German scientists. During his eight years with Collins, he headed the company's hydrodynamics laboratory and the company's aeronautical laboratory.
In , he left Collins to found his own company, the Lippisch Research Corporation, and at his death he was developing for the West German Government an airfoil boat and an aerodyne, a wingless aircraft.
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Alexander Martin Lippisch November 2, — February 11, was a German aeronautical engineer, a pioneer of aerodynamics who made important contributions to the understanding of tailless aircraft , delta wings and the ground effect , and also worked in the U. His most famous designs are the Messerschmitt Me rocket-powered interceptor  : and the Dornier Aerodyne. Lippisch was born in Munich , Kingdom of Bavaria. He later recalled that his interest in aviation began with a demonstration conducted by Orville Wright over Tempelhof Field in Berlin in September