Franz Villinger

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Franz Villinger (born September 15, 1907 , † February 5, 2009 in Leonberg ) was a German engineer and aircraft designer.


Villinger founded Akaflieg Karlsruhe together with other students in 1927/28 and is its honorary member. While working as a graduate engineer at the Junkers works in Dessau, he and Helmut Haeßler designed one of the first muscle -powered aircraft , the HV-1 Mufli . This aircraft was built from 1933 to 1935 in the workshops of the Fliegerortgruppe Halle .

Villinger finished his studies in aircraft construction in 1933 shortly after the National Socialists came to power at the TH Berlin-Charlottenburg . He was denied a doctorate because he was considered a so-called half-male. Villinger was also the inventor of the illuminated globe, which provides a twofold representation of the earth (political, geographic) through optional exposure from outside or inside.


  • Hans-Georg Schulze, Willi Stiasny : Flight through muscle power. From flight people in the myths and legends of the ancient peoples to muscle power flying as a sport of the coming generations . (Natural history and technology; Vol. 6). Natural history and technology publishing house, Frankfurt / M. 1936.
  • Academic flying group at the University of Karlsruhe eV: 90th birthday of our honorary member Dipl.-Ing. Franz Villinger! In: Annual Report 1997 .
  • Alexander Lippisch : Man powered flight in 1929 . In: Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society , Vol. 64 (1960), Jul, pp. 395-398, ISSN  0368-3931 .
  • Enea Bossi: A man has flown by his own power 1937 . In: Canadian Aeronautical Journal , Vol. 6 (1960), No. 10, pp. 395-399, ISSN  0318-5974 .
  • Helmut Haessler: Man powered flight 1935-37 and today . In: Canadian Aeronautical Journal , Vol. 7 (1961), ISSN  0318-5974 .

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