✠ The world's first jet pilot, Luftwaffe Flugkapitän Erich Karl Warsitz. On 27 August 1939 he flew the Heinkel He 178 jet aircraft. He would also fly the first ever rocket-plane. Von Brown had furthermore intended him to go to the moon. Instead, the He 178 was destroyed by 'Allied' bombing, Von Brown ended up working for the USA and Warsitz, having refused to work for the USSR, was sentenced to forced labour for 'war crimes' (seen here after his 1950 release).
Heinkel He 178 was the world's first aircraft to fly under turbojet power, and the first practical jet aircraft. It was a private venture by the German Heinkel company in accordance with director Ernst Heinkel's emphasis on developing technology for high-speed flight. It first flew on 27 August 1939, piloted by Erich Warsitz