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1916 Chronology

1916 March 1 - .
  • Birth of Frank Wozniak - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wozniak. American engineer. Member of Atlas engineering team..

1916 April 15 - .
  • Birth of Nikolai Stepanovich Lidorenko - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Lidorenko. Russian engineer. Chief Designer of NII IT. Specialised in power sources for spacecraft, including Sputnik..

1916 April 16 - .
  • Birth of Leonid Vasilyevich Smirnov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Smirnov. Russian government official. Chaired the Military-Industrial Commission 1963-1985. Director of YuzhMash Plant 1952-1961..

1916 May 1 - .
  • Birth of Wellington J 'Bill' Stanley - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Stanley. American engineer. Headed Atlas process engineering and facilities planning..

1916 May 12 - .
  • Birth of Bernhard Hohmann - . Nation: Germany. Related Persons: Hohmann, Bernhard. German test pilot. Chief of Flight Development at Wright FIeld, consultant on astronaut flight safety on Mercury, Gemini, and MOL programs..

1916 Summer - .
  • First Goddard rocket flight tests - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Goddard's modified black powder rockets, launched from Coes Pond, Massachusetts, reached 480 feet and demonstrated jet velocities of up to 8000 ft/sec. .

1916 June 5 - .
  • Birth of Paul F Bikle - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bikle. American engineer. Worked at Wright Field and Edwards AFB from 1940. Director NASA Edwards 1959-1971. Oversaw projects from the XB-43 through the X-15 to the NASA lifting bodies..

1916 July 25 - .
  • Birth of Alfred Johannes Finzel - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Finzel. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1916 August 27 - .
  • Birth of Howard Clifton 'Tick' Lilly - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lilly. American test pilot. Flew the XS-1; died in a crash of the D-558-1..

1916 September 15 - .
  • Birth of Charles H Feltz - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Feltz. Leading American space engineer. At North American 1940-1981. Chief Engineer on X-15, Apollo, and Space Shuttle. 1974-1981 served as Rockwell corporate trouble-shooter..

1916 September 27 - .
  • Goddard runs out of money - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard.

    Goddard, on an assistant professor's salary of US$ 1,000 per year, had used up his savings in rocket research. He wrote to the Smithsonian Institution, asking for research grant. When asked for supporting documentation, he submitted the draft of 'A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes', which proposed using multi-stage smokeless powder cartridge rockets to achieve altitudes of hundreds of miles. The cartridge rocket consisted essentially of a gun-like thrust chamber, into which a series of smokeless power cartridges would be automatically loaded and fired to produce thrust..


1916 October 7 - .
  • Birth of Walt W Rostow - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Rostow. American economist, assistant to presidents Kennedy and Johnson for national security affairs..

1916 October 13 - .
  • Birth of Hubert 'Hugh' Odishaw - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Odishaw. American scientist, executive director of the US National Committee for the International Geophysical Year, 1954-1965.

1916 October 20 - .
  • Birth of Martin Summerfield - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Summerfield. American scientist. Early American rocket pioneer; co-founder of Aerojet in 1943; American inventor of regenerative cooling for liquid rocket engines. Left in 1944 for theoretical studies and academia, teaching at Princetone 1949-1994..

1916 November 5 - .
  • Birth of Nikolai Nikolayevich Sheremetyevskiy - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Sheremetyevskiy. Russian engineer. Chief Designer 1974-1991 of losifyan design bureau. Specialised in power sources and earth survey satellites..

1916 December 26 - .
  • Birth of Nikolai Fedorovich Kuznetsov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kuznetsov, Nikolai F. Russian officer. Commander of the Cosmonaut Training Centre 1963-1972..


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