THE WORLD'S FIRST JET PILOT




 
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November 24th, 2009  
warsitz
 

Topic: THE WORLD'S FIRST JET PILOT


Dear Aviation & History Enthusiasts,

My father – Flight Captain Erich Warsitz – is remembered as the first person to fly an aircraft underturbojet power, the Heinkel He 178, on August 27, 1939 and also the first to fly an aircraft under liquid-fueled rocket power, the Heinkel He 176, on June 20 the same year, setting two milestones in aviation history.

Late in 1936 he was seconded by theRLM (Reich Air Ministry) to Wernher von Braun and Ernst Heinkel, because he had been recognized as one of the most experienced test-pilots of the time, and because he also had an extraordinary fund of technical knowledge. Little is known of this pioneer period because of the strict secrecy which shrouded the whole project!

You will find a lot of information about Erich Warsitz and his achievements under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Warsitz . There is also a video of the He 178 with audio commentary by my father, inclusive written translation in English, under http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFirstJetPilot#p/u/3/nneZgRkpskU .

It’s a little unfortunate that the He 178 quite often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. After all, every other turbine propelled aircraft that has graced or is now gracing our skies has, at best, come second place to it.

Fly save,
Lutz Warsitz
November 24th, 2009  
rattler
 
 
In the traduction, when it is about "Frühstück fertig im Kasino" it should not be traducted to "mess" but to "mass" (I know that in German it is "Messe", but there is the trap!), else the idea transported would be failry different from what was intended to say...

Thanks for sharing, I like the voice and report tone of your father, he *sounds* the aviator he was...

Any mre vids or photos than that on your channel?

Rattler
November 25th, 2009  
Yin717
 
 
Wow! That's some great achievemnt. Say congrats to your father from me!

Yin
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November 25th, 2009  
warsitz
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rattler
In the traduction, when it is about "Frühstück fertig im Kasino" it should not be traducted to "mess" but to "mass" (I know that in German it is "Messe", but there is the trap!), else the idea transported would be failry different from what was intended to say...

Thanks for sharing, I like the voice and report tone of your father, he *sounds* the aviator he was...

Any mre vids or photos than that on your channel?

Rattler
Hi Rattler,

many thanks for your advice! I always appreciate them because English is not my mother tongue. I've checked in a dictionary and Mess means Kasino in the military jargon: http://www.dict.cc/?s=mess (officiers' mess)

There are many more videos under the official ERICH WARSITZ website!

Best wishes,

Lutz
November 25th, 2009  
rattler
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by warsitz
... -snip- I've checked in a dictionary and Mess means Kasino in the military jargon: http://www.dict.cc/?s=mess (officiers' mess) -snip- Lutz
Double checked also (re: mess/mass), I stand corrected, sorry for creating confusion.

Rattler
November 26th, 2009  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by warsitz

It’s a little unfortunate that the He 178 quite often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. After all, every other turbine propelled aircraft that has graced or is now gracing our skies has, at best, come second place to it.

Fly save,
Lutz Warsitz
I agree, unfortunately Ernst Heinkel wasn't as good a salesman as Willy Messerschmitt was.
 


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