Alfred de Pischof

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Alfred de Pischof
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Born(1882-05-17)17 May 1882
Died12 August 1922(1922-08-12) (aged 40)
Other namesAlfred Ritter von Pischof

Alfred de Pischof (17 May 1882 – 12 August 1922) was an Austrian aviation pioneer.[1] From 1901 to 1907, he attended the Collége Chaptal and École Speciale des Travaux Publics in Cachan (near Paris), France and studied road and railway engineering; his grandfather had been a railway specialist. De Pischof had also been interested in aircraft technology, and he often visited Charles and Gabriel Voisin. By 1906, Alfred had created his own glider and by 1907, his first biplane.[2] In 1909, De Pischof returned to Austria, and worked as designer for Werner & Pfleiderer. He designed the Pischof-Autoplan; this aircraft first flew in March 1910, flying for 400 metres.[3] On 24 April 1910, he earned his pilot's certificate.

After the First World War, De Pischof returned to France and focused on small aircraft. He died when he crashed an aircraft during testing.


  1. ^ Bedei, Francis; Jean Molveau (2009). La Belle-Epoque des pionniers de Port-Aviation (in French). Amatteis. p. 72. ISBN 978-2-86849-271-5.
  2. ^ Gibbs-Smith, Charles Harvard (1953). A history of flying. Batsford. p. 240.
  3. ^ Malnig, HW. "Der Pischof-Krobath Autoplan= The Pischof-Krobath autoplane". ÖIAZ. Retrieved 8 February 2011.


  • R. Keim: Pischof, Alfred von. In: Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950. Volume 8, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1983, ISBN 3-7001-0187-2, p. 98.
  • Alfred Ritter von Pischof in Wiener Zeitung of June 15, 1910
  • Le nouvel Appareil de Pischof in L'Aero-Méchanique of September 10, 1910
  • Der Pischof-Eindecker in Flugsport, 1912. p. 929f.
  • Hirschauer, Louis; Dollfus, Charles, eds. (1921). L'Année Aéronautique: 1920-1921. Paris: Dunod. p. 31. (Describes the 1920 de Pischoff avionnette.)