The Way to the Gerhard Neumann Museum - Interview with Mr. Josef Voggenreiter
Neumann was born in Frankfurt / Oder (Germany) on October
8, 1917. After sometimes adventurous years in Asia, he emigrated
to the USA in 1946; there "Herman the German" - also
the title of his autobiography - became engineer at General Electric
in 1948 and later he was promoted to be the new manager of the
One of his biggest achievements is the J79, the first jet-engine
that enabled Mach 2 and was the engine of the F-104 Starfighter
and also of the F-4 Phantom. He got 8 patents, for example for
"variable stators", and got awarded several times in
the USA, France and Germany (Otto-Lilienthal-medal).
Gerhard Neumann died at the age of 80 in 1997.
Voggenreiter, steel-engineer, has been fascinated by
aircrafts since his childhood. He spent the biggest part of his
time as aircraft-mechanic (at the squadron 74 "Mölders"
in Neuburg an der Donau) with the F-104. At that time the basic
idea of this fascinating collection developed.
meeting of both men led to the founding of the Gerhard Neumann
Museum in 2000. The emphasis of the exhibition is on four Starfighters
in several variations. The former "enemy" from times
of the Cold War can also be seen: a MiG-21.
pre-prototype of the Eurofigther (fuselage / central part; German
manufacturing) and the Lampyridae, the pre-prototype of a German
"stealth"-jet which was developed and tested as top-secret-project
by the MBB company at the end of the 80s are examples of new exponates.
The Lampyridae is absolutely unique!