Karl Jatho

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Karl Jatho was an aero inventor in Germany.

Jatho made an attempt at heavier-than-air flight in 1903 but is generally considered (according to Charles Harvard Gibbs-Smith more of a jump in a powered craft than actual powered flight.[1]

Later company: Hannoverische Flugzeugwerke GmbH Jatho



  1. Gibbs-Smith, Aviation, 1970, 106. "In Germany, Karl Jatho briefly emerged to take a small place in the early history of the aeroplane, but he did not influence aviation. Jatho was a civil servant in Hanover, and in 1903 completed what was little more than a large powered kite: it had a 9-h.p. petrol engine and a primitive pusher propeller, but there were neither tail-unit, nor control-surfaces forward of the 'planes', and only rudimentary rudder and elevator devices. On August 18th he made a 'running jump' claimed to be 18 metres; then in November, with the structure modified to biplane form, the machine made another hop of 60 metres (say 200 ft.). These tests took place on the Vahrenwalder Heide, north of Hanover with take-offs, probably down hill; they are not claimed as true flights, even in Germany, where the word "Flugsprung" (leap into the air) has been used for them: he may therefore make the minor claim to be the first German to leave the ground in a powered aeroplane (Pl. X and Vol. II), somewhat like Ader in France."