Pabst von Ohain
(1911 - 1998)

Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain (1911–1998) was a German-American inventor and physicist. The son of an officer from Dessau, he developed a new kind of propulsion for the world’s first jet aeroplane in the 1930s. Ohain’s idea revolutionised aviation. His turbo jet engine marked the end of propeller aircraft and the start of the jet era. The world’s first jet – the Heinkel He-178 – took off from Rostock airfield in 1939. Ohain’s successful career as a scientist continued in the USA after the war.