Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Flugkapitan Erich Warsitz 1906-1983

Erich Warsitz was a German test pilot from the 1930's. He held the rank of Flight-Captain in the Luftwaffe and was the chief test pilot selected by the Heinkel firm. He is remembered as the first person to fly an aircraft under liquid-fuelled rocket power,the Heinkel HE 176 on June 20 1939 and also the first to fly an aircraft under turbojet power with the Heinkel HE178 on August 27th 1939.He was a brave and courageous man who risked his life and on that flight did not wear a seat belt!