GERMANY: The Little Spinner

Mindful of the way the Germans covertly armed for war during the Versailles Treaty days, the victorious Allies of World War II prohibited Germans from operation of "aircraft of all types, including kites, captive balloons . . ." This was hard on the likes of Willy Weihrauch, who has enough trouble bucking the laws of nature without defying the laws of man.

Willy, a nimble-fingered radio mechanic in the Ruhr town of Neuss, had dreamed since he was twelve of inventing a new flying machine. By wartime he had worked out plans for a parachute which would operate on the...

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