Fieseler, Gerhard

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Fieseler, Gerhard Gender: M
born on 15 April 1896 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Bergheim, Germany, 50n55, 6e38
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 25°36' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 16°37 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 01°51'

Gerhard Fieseler (at the Aerobatic Championship, Berlin-Tempelhof, 1931)
photo: Unknown author, license cc-by-sa-3.0-de


German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, and aircraft designer and manufacturer. He is credited with nineteen confirmed aerial victories, with three others unconfirmed. Commissioned in October 1918, he was the highest-scoring German ace on the Eastern Front to survive World War I.

He joined the Air Service of the German Army in 1915. In 1917, he qualified as a fighter pilot and was posted on 12 July to the Macedonian front, initially flying a Roland D.II with Jagdstaffel 25. Fieseler scored his first aerial victory on 20 August 1917.

Fieseler would not score his second success until 30 January 1918. He was awarded the Golden Military Merit Cross and the Iron Cross, first and second class.

In 1926, he became a flight instructor with the Raab-Katzenstein aircraft company in Kassel and continued to hone his flying skills, becoming an accomplished stunt pilot. In 1927, he performed a particularly daring routine in Zürich and started to command increasingly high fees for appearances. In 1928, he designed his own stunt plane, the Fieseler F1, built by Raab-Katzenstein. He also designed Raab-Katzenstein RK-26 Tigerschwalbe aircraft in the end of the 1920s which was offered and sold to a Swedish company called AB Svenska Järnvägverkstäderna (ASJ), which built 25 of the type for Swedish Air Force in the beginning of the 1930s.

In 1930, Raab-Katzenstien was bankrupt, and Fieseler decided to strike out on his own. Using money he had been saving from his aerobatics, he bought the Segelflugzeugbau Kassel sailplane factory and renamed it Fieseler Flugzeugbau. Although he continued with some sailplane manufacturing, from 1932, he set up to start manufacturing sports planes of his own design. In one of these aircraft, he went on to win the inaugural World Aerobatic Championship in Paris in 1934, taking home a FF 100,000 prize, which he invested into the company. A NSDAP (Nazi Party) member, Fieseler won contracts to licence-build military aircraft for the new Luftwaffe in 1935.

Following the war, Fieseler spent some time in US custody. When he was released, he re-opened part of this factory and spent some years building automotive components. He also published an autobiography, Meine Bahn am Himmel (My Road in the Sky). Fieseler died in Kassel on 1 September 1987, aged 91. The aerobatic manoeuvre Fieseler (or hammerhead turn, stall turn) is named after him.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Doret, Marcel (born 3 May 1896). Notes: Had famous aerobatic flight duel, 1927


  • Work : Prize 1934 (World Aerobatic Champion)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes news article, "Gerhard Fieseler Der Blumenstrauß kam aus der Luft" by Dennis Vlaminck, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 10 April 2015 [1]: "Bergheim-Glesch - Eintragungen beim Standesamt und in der Kirchenchronik geben Auskunft über den wohl berühmtesten Sohn von Glesch: Am 15. April 1896 um drei Uhr morgens wurde Gerhard Fieseler geboren, um 16 Uhr bereits getauft."

Translate: "Bergheim-Glesch - Entries at the registry office and in the church chronicle provide information about Glesch's most famous son: Gerhard Fieseler was born on 15 April 1896 at 3 a.m. and was baptized at 4 p.m.

Scholfield quotes dame data from glesch-online [2]: "Am 15. April 1896 kam Gerhard Fieseler in Glesch zur Welt. Das Geburtshaus liegt in der ehemaligen Mittelstraße Nr. 12 (heute Martin-Vetten-Straße). Seine Mutter Katharina Marx stammte aus einer ortsansässigen Dachdeckerfamilie, sein Vater war der Schriftsetzer und angehende Buchdrucker August Fieseler aus Koblenz (geb. am 10. November 1872 in Remagen). Eine Eintragung beim Bergheimer Standesamt bezeugt noch heute, dass Gerhard Fieseler um 3.00 Uhr morgens geboren wurde. Aus der Kirchenchronik geht hervor, dass der Säugling zur 16. Stunde des gleichen Tages, also um 16.00 Uhr, in der Glescher Kirche getauft wurde."

Translation: Gerhard Fieseler was born on 15 April 1896 in Glesch. The house where he was born is at the former No. 12 Mittelstrasse (today Martin-Vetten-Strasse). His mother Katharina Marx came from a local roofer family, his father was the typesetter and prospective book printer August Fieseler from Koblenz (born 10 November 1872 in Remagen). An entry at the Bergheim registry office still testifies today that Gerhard Fieseler was born at 3:00 a.m. The church chronicle shows that the baby was baptized at the 16th hour of the same day, i.e. at 4:00 p.m., in the Glesch church.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 91)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Aircraft manufacturer)
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Engineer : Aerospace (Aircraft designer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Stunt work (Stunt pilot)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat
  • Vocation : Military : Honors
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WWI)
  • Vocation : Politics : Nazi party
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner (Flight instructor)
  • Vocation : Travel : Aviation field
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ commercial
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ commercial
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ private
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Meine Bahn am Himmel")
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (World Aerobatic Champion, 1934)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Fieseler" aerobatic manoeuvre)