Willy Messerschmitt

1898 - 1978

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Wilhelm Emil "Willy" Messerschmitt (German pronunciation: [ˈmɛsɐʃmɪt]; 26 June 1898 – 15 September 1978) was a German aircraft designer and manufacturer. In 1934, in collaboration with Walter Rethel, he designed the Messerschmitt Bf 109, which became the most important fighter aircraft in the Luftwaffe as Germany rearmed prior to World War II. It remains the second most-produced warplane in history, with some 34,000 built, behind the Soviet Ilyushin Il-2. Another Messerschmitt aircraft, first called "Bf 109R", purpose-built for record setting, but later redesignated Messerschmitt Me 209, broke the absolute world airspeed record and held the world speed record for propeller-driven aircraft until 1969. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willy Messerschmitt has received more than 398,337 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Willy Messerschmitt is the 19th most popular engineer (up from 20th in 2019), the 484th most popular biography from Germany (down from 471st in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Engineer.

Willy Messerschmitt was a German aircraft engineer who is most famous for his work on the Messerschmitt Bf 109, which was a fighter plane used by the Luftwaffe in World War II.

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Among engineers, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 19 out of 325Before him are André Citroën, Umberto Nobile, Alexei Kosygin, Jiro Horikoshi, Jack Kilby, and Fritz Todt. After him are John Demjanjuk, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Hans Albert Einstein, Andrei Tupolev, José Echegaray, and Hermann Oberth.

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Among people born in 1898, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 28Before him are Hans Krebs, Gunnar Myrdal, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Julius Evola, Karl Ziegler, and Leo Szilard. After him are Jeanne Hébuterne, Rodion Malinovsky, René Clair, Karl Hermann Frank, Ahmad Shah Qajar, and Kenji Mizoguchi. Among people deceased in 1978, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 20Before him are Anastas Mikoyan, Manne Siegbahn, John Cazale, Ricardo Zamora, Jim Jones, and Hasso von Manteuffel. After him are Kurt Student, Harold Lasswell, Harry Martinson, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Ronnie Peterson, and Ed Wood.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 484 out of 5,289Before him are Samuel von Pufendorf (1632), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Bernhard von Bülow (1849), Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (1847), Karl Ziegler (1898), and Pope Victor II (1018). After him are Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732), Ludwig Tieck (1773), Werner Sombart (1863), Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), Johann Bayer (1572), and Hans Geiger (1882).

Among ENGINEERS In Germany

Among engineers born in Germany, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 4Before him are Gottlieb Daimler (1834), Otto Lilienthal (1848), and Fritz Todt (1891). After him are Felix Wankel (1902), August Horch (1868), Hugo Junkers (1859), Albert Göring (1895), Kurt Gerstein (1905), Arthur Scherbius (1878), Walter Dornberger (1895), and Ernst Heinkel (1888).