ROCKETMAN and THE FIRST JET PILOT (Heinkel He 176 & 178)
Heinkel He 176: Rocketmen
Erich Warsitz THE FIRST JET PILOT Heinkel He 176 & He 178
Heinkel HE 178 - World's first jet aircraft - August 27, 1939
Heinkel He 176 - World's First Liquid Rocket Powered Aircraft - E-book Downloadable On Kindle
The Heinkel He 176 was a German rocket-powered aircraft. It was the world's first aircraft to be propelled solely by a liquid-fuelled rocket, making its first powered flight on 20 June 1939 with Erich Warsitz at the controls. It was a private venture by the Heinkel company in accordance with director Ernst Heinkel's emphasis on developing technology for high-speed flight. The performance of the He 176 was not spectacular, but it did provide "proof of concept" for rocket propulsion.