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Edward Henry Heinemann



Edward Henry Heinemann

Edward Henry Heinemann
Edward Henry Heinemann
Aeronautical Engineer - Designer
Born Saginaw, Michigan 14 November 1908. Began his aviation career with Douglas Aircraft Company in 1926, successfully working for International and Moreland Aircraft companies. Joined Northrop Aircraft Corporation in 1930 as project engineer. Returned to Douglas in 1932 beginning a 26 year association during which he achieved his greatest engineering and design triumphs.

Edward Heinemann was directly responsible for the design of twenty outstanding military aircraft including the famed SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber of WWII, the A-20 and A-26 light bombers, A-1 "Skyraider", D-588 research aircraft, and the renowned A-4 "Skyhawk" still in service 30 years after its first flight. At one time more than half of the operational aircraft in service with U.S. Naval aviation were designed by this brilliant self-taught engineer.
Elected to the International Aerospace Hall of Fame 1982