Brunolf Baade (1904 - 1969)

Brunolf Baade (1904 – 1969) is considered the father of the aviation industry in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Baade worked as an aircraft designer at Junkers in Dessau, the Soviet Union and Dresden. His main achievement was designing the world’s first four-engine jet airliner, the 152. The East Germans were immensely proud of the plane, but the episode was to end in disaster. On its second flight, the jet crashed during landing, shattering the Socialists’ dream of a home-grown medium-haul aircraft. The prestigious project was abandoned.