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Helmut Reichmann

Helmut Reichmann

German glider pilot
Helmut Reichmann
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Intro German glider pilot
A.K.A. Helmut Rechmann, Reichmann
Was Professor Aviator Pilot
From Germany
Type Academia Military
Gender male
Birth 23 December 1941
Death 10 March 1992 (aged 50 years)
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
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Biography

Helmut Reichmann (1941–March 10, 1992) was a German glider pilot, thrice World Gliding Champion, and co-founder, along with millionaire Barron Hilton, of the Barron Hilton Cup. He was an arts teacher and a professor of industrial design in his native Saarbrücken, in Germany.

Reichmann earned his glider pilot license in 1958 and soon achieved prominence as one of the most successful and influential people in the history of gliding:

  • 1965 German Junior Champion
  • 1968, 1971 and 1973 German National Champion
  • 1970 and 1974 World Champion in the Standard Class
  • 1978 World Champion in the 15-Metre Class
  • 1978 FAI Lilienthal Gliding Medal, the highest honor in soaring
  • 1973 to 1992, German National Team Coach.

Reichmann retired from competitive flying after his third world championship, wishing to dedicate more time to flight instruction in cross-country and competition soaring. He taught gliding at the Sports Studies Institute at the University of Saarbrücken, but he eventually moved to the university's Faculty of Fine Arts, where he taught experimental sculpture and design.

Reichmann was the author of two books on soaring:

  • Streckensegelflug. Also available in English as Cross-Country Soaring, in French as La Course en planeur (Seidec edition, 1985), and in Spanish as Vuelo Sin Motor - Técnicas Avanzadas. It is still a primary reference on soaring.
  • Segelfliegen - Die praktische Ausbildung. Also available in English as Flying sailplanes - A Practical Training Manual, and in Spanish as Vuelo Sin Motor - Enseñanza Practica. This provides more basic information.

Reichmann died in the French Alps in 1992 when his Discus collided with an LS4 flown by Lars Gölz, who was also killed. Reichmann had been leading four members of a German squad at the time.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 10 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb12660063m
https://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb12660063m
https://d-nb.info/gnd/130859443
http://isni.org/isni/0000000081709863
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n78079476
https://viaf.org/viaf/102388929
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/102388929
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