Walter Lissauer
Walter Lissauer
July, 1956
Kuehlstein Monoplane


Walter Lissauer is a native of Germany where he studied engineering at Polytechnical Institute Berlin and physics at Munich. He acquired a Ph.D. degree in physics and mathematics, and served as personal assistant to Prof. Konrad W. Roentgen.
     In 1910 he started experimenting in aviation, at a time when they had to do their own work on engines and planes. He acquired license No. 22 issued by German Aviation Society F.A.I. on September 7, 1910, and therafter worked as a test pilot, testing many of the new models of that time. Beginning with the Farman-type biplane with front rudder, his experience carried through biplanes with front engines and then the improved and faster monoplanes. One monoplane with pusher engine was shaped very similarly to the jet planes of today.
     He was chief engineer of Hanseatische Flugzeugwerke in Hamburg (employing 2200 people) until 1921, building two-engine bombers and fighters during World War I. After that he quit aviation and returned to the work of apparatus and scientific methods.
     Since 1938 he has done development work in this country, working for defense during World War II. More recently he worked for three years in the laboratory of Climatology in Seabrook, N.J. in Air Force research work. Today he operates his own Lissauer Laboratories at Vineland, N.J. where he serves clients on a consulting basis.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, July, 1956, Number 54


Walter Lissauer died in 1965
From The Early Birds of Aviation ROSTER, 1996
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