The Vanishing Paperclips: America's Aerospace Secret, A Personal Account

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9780914144359: The Vanishing Paperclips: America's Aerospace Secret, A Personal Account

This is a thoroughly illustrated autobiography of Hans H. Amtmann, who began his aeronautical engineering career in Germany, and after the war, was invited tio the US under Project Paperclip. He was one of several hundred former German engineers and scientists recruited by the US government to assist the American aerospace industry in the immediate postwar years. This book documents Mr. Amtmann's career in wartime Germany as well as his experience as a member of the Paperclip team. The author became an American citizen and worked in the aerospace industry until his retirement. The author has worked for such giants of the German aviation industry as Heinkel, Junkers and Blohm & Voss as well as American firms such as Convair. This book contains 173 photographs and 20 drawings and illustrations.

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Hans H. Amtmann was born in 1906 near Hamburg, Germany. He became interested in aviation at an early age, and was an aeronautical engineer employed first by Junkers, then Heinkel, and finally Blohm & Voss aircraft works until the end of the war in May 1945. With primary responsibility for aircraft predesign, he oversaw the development of many significant aircraft produced by these companies. After the war, because of his knowledge and skill, he was invited to work for the US government under Project Paperclip. After completing this obligation, we elected to remain in the US and become an American citizen. He continued working within the aerospace industry until his retirement in 1971. Mr. Amtmann, now over 93, is still actively interested in aviation and continues to write articles for various aviation journals.

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This autobiography is an interesting story, one that has been relatively hidden until now. After joining Junkers, Amtmann helped with the wing design for both the Ju G 38 four-engined airliner, and later for the immortal "Tante Ju," the Ju 52/3m tri-motor. He transfered to Heinkel in 1933, and there he was involved with the sleek He 70 airliner. In 1934, he went to work for Blohm & Voss and stayed with this firm until the war ended in 1945. At Blohm & Voss, Amtmann worked on 13 projects. These ranged from the fabric-covered biplane trainer, Ha 136, to the super heavyweight BV 238, a six-engined flying boat. Under Project Paperclip, Amtmann came to Wright Field in 1946. Eventually Amtmann work for Convair on their new long-range flying boat, the R3Y, and then developed the launching system for the Atlas ICBM. He also had a hand in the Convair 340 and 440 airliners. The book is fascinating and certainly recommended, for it offers a look at one of the great opportunities our country grasped after the war. The benifits to our aerospace industries are incalcuable. Reading the book makes one realize how lacking we were when it came to advanced designs for aircraft. -- Warbirds Journal, January 1990

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