Sollinger, G.
June 2008
Humanities & Social Science (1407-9291);2008, Vol. 8 Issue 13, p82
Academic Journal
Villehad Forssman (1884-1944), a Swedish engineer who had made his studies at the Riga Polytechnical Institute (1903-1910) was employed from 1914 to 1916 by the Siemens-Schuckert Werke in Berlin. He became one of the leading engineers to construct airplanes which were meant to be used by the German military in the First World War. He constructed two types of planes, a heavy one engine monoplane called "Bulldogge" and a so called "Großflugzeug", a biplane which was equipped with 4 engines. Of the "Bulldogge" he built two specimen, one equipped with a traditional engine and one with a radial engine. The procedure was that the planes had to be tested by the military before the military decided to order them from Siemens-Schuckert. Siemens-Schuckert at the same time developed another "Großflugzeug" by its employee Bruno Ste[fen a former military. The military was more interested in this model and Siemens-Schuckert dismissed Forssman whose planes were said to be less viable. Unfortunately in the archives of Siemens-Schuckert important documents concerning the treatment of Forssman got lost, so it is impossible to judge how far Villehad Forssman is to be blamed for the lack of success of his planes.


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