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 446,194 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Willy Messerschmitt is the 17th most popular engineer (up from 19th in 2019), the 539th most popular biography from Germany (down from 484th in 2019) and the 4th most popular 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 17 out of 323Before him are André Citroën, Anatoly Dyatlov, Alexei Kosygin, Otto Lilienthal, Umberto Nobile, and Fritz Todt. After him are John Demjanjuk, Hans Albert Einstein, Jack Kilby, Andrei Tupolev, Hermann Oberth, and Artem Mikoyan.

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Among people born in 1898, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 29Before him are Henry Moore, Leo Szilard, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Rudolf Dassler, Karl Hermann Frank, and René Clair. After him are Jeanne Hébuterne, Karl Ziegler, Kenji Mizoguchi, Julius Evola, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, and Curzio Malaparte. Among people deceased in 1978, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 22Before him are Jim Jones, Umberto Nobile, Ronnie Peterson, Ricardo Zamora, Kurt Student, and Hasso von Manteuffel. After him are Harold Lasswell, John Cazale, Harry Martinson, Houari Boumédiène, Claude François, and Norman Rockwell.

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Among people born in Germany, Willy Messerschmitt ranks 539 out of 6,142Before him are Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor (1075), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg (1655), Horst Wessel (1907), and Peter Simon Pallas (1741). After him are Ananda Mahidol (1925), Hans Baldung (1484), Karl Schwarzschild (1873), Albert the Bear (1100), Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (1780), and Lion Feuchtwanger (1884).

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 Albert Göring (1895), August Horch (1868), Hugo Junkers (1859), Felix Wankel (1902), Ernst Heinkel (1888), Kurt Gerstein (1905), Arthur Scherbius (1878), and Walter Dornberger (1895).