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Roland Rohlfs

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Roland Rohlfs

Test pilot Roland Rohlfs (1892 - 1974) was a distinguished American aviator.


  • Background 1
  • Flight airspeed record 2
  • Altitude record 3
  • See also 4


He was the son of Anna Katharine Green (Rohlfs), the famous American crime novelist, and her husband, actor and renowned furniture craftsman, Charles Rohlfs.

Flight airspeed record

Rohlfs flew a hydro-aeroplane called the "Dunkirk Fighter" for Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company in 1918. Later that year he broke the flight airspeed record while flying a Curtiss Wasp, his speed was clocked at 163.1 mph (262.4 km/h).

Altitude record

In 1919 he broke another world record when he flew to an altitude of 34,610 feet in a Curtiss L-3 triplane (at - 47 degrees Fahrenheit).

See also

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