Henrich Focke Entrepreneur

Birthday October 8, 1890
Birthplace Germany
Death Date Feb 25, 1979 (age 88)
Birth Sign Libra


Remembered for co-founding Germany's Focke-Wulf aircraft manufacturing company, he is credited with the development of an important helicopter innovation known as the turbo shaft propulsion system. He was also the designer of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61 helicopter.

Before Fame

During the World War I years, he served in the Imperial German Army Air Service.


He was the 1961 recipient of the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics' prestigious Ludwig-Prandtl-Ring honor.

Family Life

A native of Bremen, Germany, he later lived and worked in Hanover and Danzig.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of fellow aviation entrepreneur James McDonnell.


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