Dr. Kurt Tank and Indian Fighter Aircraft

Madan G Singh By Madan G Singh, 23rd Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2jxpj_jg/
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Dr Tank was a scientist from hitler's era and helped launch indian military aviation

A German Who Headed Indian Military Development

Many people in India may have never heard of Dr Kurt Tank. Who was he? He was a German Aeronautical designer during the Second World War. He had a distinguished record and after the end of the war, he surrendered to the allies. Thankfully Kurt Tank was not touched by the Allies as a war criminal, though he had been part of Hitler’s aviation industry.
Dr Tank while in Germany during the Second World War, made a significant contribution to the Nazi war effort He was instrumental in designing a string of German Fighter bombers for the Luftwaffe. Dr Tank had a distinguished record during the war and designed a number of planes like the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter aircraft.
At the end of the war like other German scientists he negotiated with number of countries and finally opted to work In Argentina. But Tank soon moved to India where he headed the Indian institute of technology at Madras. It is interesting to note that one of the students of Dr. Tank was Dr Abul Kalam who later became the president of India.
Kurt Tank later joined Hindustan Aeronautics, where he designed the Hindustan Marut fighter-bomber, the first military aircraft constructed in India. The first prototype flew in 1961; the Marut was retired from active service in 1985. Tank left Hindustan Aeronautics after a decade but his pioneering work stood the Indian aviation industry in good stead. The Marut also known as the HF 24 was a subsonic fighter bomber. It was the first jet fighter bomber made outside the developed world.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

I am hearing about Dr. Tank for the first time. Thank you for sharing, Madan.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th May 2012 (#)

He was the man who launched Indian aviation

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author avatar Ramesh Lahoti
8th Feb 2014 (#)

After the Marut was disbanded HA went into a deep slumber and is still there. Instead of using the Marut and developing on that HA folks are now only happy with their monthly paychecks. That is the difference between Westerners and Indians.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice informative article, looking past means many clues of today. Thank you for writing nice article.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Md Rezaul for your comment

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author avatar Madan G Singh
26th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Pradeep for reading my article

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th May 2012 (#)

This was an amazing article about a brilliant scientist. Having flown a single prop piston engined Cesna for a few hours, I fell in love with all aircraft.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Tranquilpen. I also love flying and have over 5000 hours

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author avatar A C Srivastava
14th Sep 2013 (#)

I was a boy when HF 24 was tested at Banglore.I read about Dr.Tank in news papers. I was not aware then that he had worked for German Aviation Industry during WW II.Though this did not lessen my respect and admiration for Dr.Tank.Acoording to some sources the aerodynamic charectristic of HF 24 were superb. Due to short sighted ness of some people jet engine of proper thrust was not made available for HF 24. People hobnobbed with an Egyptian Engine for HF 24. Later perhaps some British Engine of unsuitable power was installed. After HF 24 there was no design / development by India for next 20-25 years. Tejas Jet has some features of HF 24 in its air frame.

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