|Birth: ||May 17, 1913, Germany|
|Death: ||Oct. 30, 1972|
Born in Alfred, Germany,attended school in Hannover and transferred to the University of Gottingen in 1934. Studied under the guidance of the famed aerodynamicist Ludwig Prandtl. While he was working on his doctorial requirements he published a paper on wing-lift theory. The paper attracted the attention of Kurt TANK who offered him employment at Focke-Wulf which Hans accepted in 1938.
While on Kurt Tanks design team Hans designed the Ta-138 light weight fighter to replace the ME-262, however the war ended before production could begin. Later the Russians produced the MIG-15 after siezing the plans in 1945.
Post-war employment for Multhopp began in England at Famborough working on unique concepts for high speed aircraft with swept wings and his signature T-tail.
IN August of 1950 Glenn MARTIN through "Operation Paper Clip" was able to convince Hans and the U.S. Government to allow Hans to emigrate to Middleriver, MD.
Multhopp`s swept-wing and T-tail concept appeared on several of Martin`s aircraft:
XB-51 medium bomber
TM-61 Matador cruise Missle
TM-76 Mace Cruise Missle
P5M-2 Marlin Sea Plane (straight wings-T-tail)
P6M Sea Master Sea Plane (jet powered)
Multhopp designed the SV-5 Lifting Body shape which was later borrowed by NASA to build the Shuttle. To prove the concept Martin built and flew the SV-5D (Prime)unmanned and X24A & B piloted by Maj Gentry, to test the performance.
The Prime Vehicle proved high mach # (Mach 20+) rentry from space and good crossrange capability. The X-24 demonstrated control from mach 1 thru landing.
Multhopp`s final aircraft design and the Martin Co. last aircraft proposal was a unique twin boom "COIN" Submission that lost out to North American`s Atack/Recon OV-10 "BRONCO".
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Created by: LAWRENCE HEIDLEBAUGH
Record added: Jul 23, 2011
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