Henrich Focke (1890 - 1979)

Henrich Focke
Henrich Focke (Scherl/SZ Photo/laif)

Henrich Focke (1890–1979) made his name building aeroplanes and helicopters. As the owner of the Bremen-based firm Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG, he was responsible for serial production of Focke-Wulf light aircraft. A number of airlines successfully used these planes. Focke also gained fame as the father of the helicopter: the first helicopter developed by him took off in the 1930s. Later, the Bremen-born aircraft designer developed a transport helicopter for use as a rescue vehicle and to monitor traffic.