Ludwig Bölkow (1912 - 2003)

Ludwig Bölkow
Ludwig Bölkow (Miquel Gonzales/laif)

Ludwig Bölkow (1912–2003) played a key role in shaping aviation history as an engineer and businessman. As well as building helicopters and aeroplanes, Bölkow was active in the space flight and defence industries. He established the aircraft maintenance facility Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), which later became part of the aerospace and defence corporation EADS. Bölkow developed the Bölkow Bo 105 helicopter, which is still used as a rescue and police aircraft.