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Ernst Zindel

Ernst Zindel in 1941

Ernst Zindel (23rd January 1897 Mistelbach, Upper Franconia – 10th October 1978 Bad Homburg) was Head of Overall Development for Junkers between 1932 and 1945. In 1914 Zindel volunteered for service with a Bavarian infantry regiment in Ingolstadt. After being severely wounded in 1916, he studied shipbuilding at Charlottenbung TH, joining Junkers at Dessau as a designer after graduating in 1920. In 1922, Zindel worked under Professor Dr Otto Marder, head of the Research Department, following the death of Chief Designer Dipl-Ing Otto Reuter.

In 1927, Zindel was appointed head of Junkers’ project development department, taking over as head of all development, design and flight testing in 1932, before becoming Design director and deputy head of the Junkers Flugzeugwerke AG (Aircraft Co). in 1933. Under Zindel’s ledearship, Junkers developed the G38, Ju 52, Ju 90, Ju 290, Ju 390, Ju 88 and Ju 388. Zindel was also the holder of several patents, including the Junkers pressure cabin first built into the Ju 49 high altitude research aircraft. After the war ended in 1945, Zindel dedicated himself to West Germany’s industrial reconstruction. He assisted with development of the infinitely variable gearbox while with Merrers P.I.V. in Bad Hornburg, and was guest lecturer at the Technical Academy in Mulheim, The Rhur.[1]


  1. Herwig/Rode 2000 p 31

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