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Helmut Reichmann

Helmut Reichmann German glider pilot

German glider pilot
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Intro German glider pilot
A.K.A. Helmut Rechmann, Reichmann
Countries Germany
Occupations Professor Aviator Pilot
Type Academia Military
Gender male
Birth 23 December 1941
Death 10 March 1992
The details

Professor Dr. Helmut Reichmann (1941–March 10, 1992) was a German glider pilot, thrice World Gliding Champion and co-founder, 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-Meter Class
  • 1978 FAI Lilienthal Gliding Medal, the highest honor in soaring
  • 1973 to 1992, German National Team Coach.

Reichmann retired from contest 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 eventually moved to its 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 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. Reichmann had been leading four members of a German squad at the time.

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