Early life[ edit ] 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 During his service with the German Army, between —, Lippisch had the chance to fly as an aerial photographer and mapper. Early aircraft designs[ edit ] Following the war, Lippisch worked with the Zeppelin Company , and it was at this time that he first became interested in tailless aircraft. In , his first design to be built, by his friend Gottlob Espenlaub , was the Espenlaub E-2 glider. This was the beginning of a research programme that would result in some fifty designs throughout the s and s.
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Edit Following the war, Lippisch worked with the Zeppelin Company , and it was at this time that he first became interested in tail-less aircraft. In his first such design would reach production in as the Lippisch-Espenlaub E-2 glider, built by Gottlob Espenlaub.
This was the beginning of a research programme that would result in some fifty designs throughout the s and s. These designs attracted little interest from the government and private industry. Experience with the Storch series led Lippisch to concentrate increasingly on delta-winged designs. This interest resulted in five aircraft, numbered Delta I — Delta V, which were built between and War projects Edit In early , the Reichsluftfahrtsministerium RLM , Reich Aviation Ministry transferred Lippisch and his team to work at the Messerschmitt factory, in order to design a high-speed fighter aircraft around the rocket engines  then under development by Hellmuth Walter.
The team quickly adapted their most recent design, the DFS , to rocket power, the first example successfully flying in early This was the direct ancestor of what would become the Messerschmitt Me Komet. Although technically novel, the Komet did not prove to be a successful weapon, and friction between Lippisch and Messerschmitt was frequent. Wind tunnel research in had suggested that the delta wing was a good choice for supersonic flight, and Lippisch set to work designing a supersonic, ramjet-powered fighter, the Lippisch P.
By the time the war ended, however, the project had only advanced as far as a development glider, the DM In order to gain experience with the delta wing handling at high speeds, they first built a test aircraft, the , which became the first jet-powered delta-wing aircraft to fly on June 9, This led Convair to proposing delta wing for most of their projects through the s and into the s, including the F Delta Dagger , F Delta Dart and B Hustler.
The results were an unconventional VTOL aircraft an aerodyne and an aerofoil boat research seaplane X , flown in However, Lippisch contracted cancer, and resigned from Collins. When he recovered in , he formed his own research company, Lippisch Research Corporation, and attracted the interest of the West German government.
The Kiekhaefer Mercury company was also interested in his ground-effect craft and successfully tested one of his designs as the Aeroskimmer, but also eventually lost interest. Lippisch died in Cedar Rapids on February 11,
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