Designers/Builders

MELKUS, HARALDS A.

Haralds Melkus
  • Born: May 7, 1908.
  • Studied aeronautical engineering at the Technical Institue in Danzig, graduating in 1937.
  • 1937 - returns to Latvia and begins to work for Irbitis at VEF, who places him in charge of aeronautical engineering.
  • Worked on the technical calculations for the I-12, and also designed a new propeller for that aircraft.
  • 1938 - a member of the six-person Latvian delegation to attend the Aero Salon of Paris, France.
  • 1938-1939 - Worked on the design and prototype of the I-16.
  • 1941 (Soviet Occupation) - as Melkus had a German mother, he was able to emigrate to Berlin, Germany when the Soviets occupied Latvia.
  • In Germany, Melkus found employment with the Aerodynamische Versuchsandstait zu Gottingen and the Deutsche Versuchsandstait fur Luftfahrt, where he worked on trans-sonic aerodynamics.
  • After the war he earned his doctorate in aerodynamics and was employed by the Wright Air Development Center in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
  • In the 1960s, appointed chief of the engineering department of systems analysis at Holloman Air Force Base, in New Mexico.
  • Died: Dec.10, 1970.

Sources

- Irbitis, Karlis Latvijas Aviacija un tas Pionieri
- Irbitis, Karlis Of Struggle and Flight

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