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Heinz Struck Collection

Identifier: MC-164
Documents relating to Heinz Struck's career with NASA, SAIC, and BD.


  • 1940 - 2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


3.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 1 oversize)

Biographical / Historical

Born in Bad Pyrmont, Germany, in 1925, Heinz Struck studied aerodynamics and fluid dynamics at the Technical University in Brunswick. He worked on various aerospace-related projects in Germany. In October 1958, Heinz Struck and his wife, Linda, immigrated to Huntsville, AL, when he was recruited to work at Redstone Arsenal. From 1958 to 1994, Struck worked on numerous projects with NASA, including the B-52, Space Shuttle, Redstone Rocket, and more. His primary work involved the Solid Booster parachute recovery and other main engine problems.

For seven years in the 1960s, Struck also taught evening courses at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, teaching a variety of subjects primarily related to aerodynamics and flight dynamics.

After thirty-six years with NASA, Struck retired and worked at private companies for the next thirteen years, making significant contributions to projects such as the Whirlwind military jet, Rocketplane XP, and Orion and Ares spacecraft. At the end of his career, Struck left behind him a number of technical manuals, blueprints, and engineering concepts that would continue to shape the world of aerospace engineering.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Heinz Struck and Sylvia Struck, 2019.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.



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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America