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Ludwig Bölkow (June 30, 1912July 25, 2003) was one of the aeronautical pioneers of Germany.

Background

Born in Schwerinmarker, in north-eastern Germanymarker, in 1912, Bölkow was the son of a foreman employed by Fokker, one of the leading aircraft constructors of that time.

Early career

Bölkow’s first job was with Heinkel, the aircraft company, before studying aero-engineering at the Technical University in Berlinmarker. On graduation, in 1939, he joined the project office of Messerschmitt AG in Augsburgmarker, where he served initially as a clerk, later as a group leader for high-speed aerodynamics, especially for the Messerschmitt Me 262 and its successors. In January 1943, he was appointed head of the Messerschmitt Me109 development office in Viennamarker. A year later, Bölkow returned to the Messerschmitt project office, which had meanwhile moved to Oberammergaumarker. There he set up a program for the development of the Messerschmitt MeP1101 jet fighter.

Later career

After the war he created the Bölkow GmbH in Ottobrunnmarker, which with time grew to the biggest aeronautics and spaceflight company, MBB (Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm). In the early 1990s it was bought by DASA.

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