Kurt Schreckling was born in 1939- His first practical experience of model aircraft came at the age of five, when he transformed a tangled-up kite into an aeroplane. Over the years that followed, not only did he build a great number of model aircraft, he also developed several of his own remote controllers.
He was aged eleven when he first saw Vampire jet planes in the sky. That turned out to be a defining moment in his life. Study of a small encyclopedia gave him the belief that he could come up with a simple way of constructing a turbine. However, it took almost four decades before he finally started work in earnest at fulfilling his youthful dream. Today, people like to refer to him as the "inventor", the "pope of turbines" or also as the "father of turbines". None of that is really true. Instead, he prefers to see himself as one in a long line of fathers of model jet turbines.
He received a basic technical education and went on to study physics at university. He then worked for 32 years as a qualified engineer for a large Rhine-based chemical company. In his job he gained experience of different technical areas, none of which ever involved turbines. He was happy to take early retirement in 1999. Having completed his book about turbo props, he feared that he might have to retire as turbine developer as well. However, as it turned out. this was not the case.
Kurt Schreckling cannot deny his special love of good food. Indeed, flying model aircraft is not his only vice. He was also tempted into off-the-wall experiments with skis in the snow, exploring the effects of gravitational forces. lTp until now he has managed to come through il all unscathed.
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