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Huntsville rocket scientist Jacobi dies at 91

This illustration released by XCOR shows a two-seat rocket ship capable of suborbital flights to altitudes more than 37 miles above the Earth. The Lynx, about the size of a small private plane, is expected to begin flying in 2010, according to developer Xcor Aerospace, which planned to release details of the design at a press conference on Wednesday.  (AP Photo/XCOR, Mike Massee)

This illustration released by XCOR shows a two-seat rocket ship capable of suborbital flights to altitudes more than 37 miles above the Earth. The Lynx, about the size of a small private plane, is expected to begin flying in 2010, according to developer Xcor Aerospace, which planned to release details of the design at a press conference on Wednesday. (AP Photo/XCOR, Mike Massee)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Walter Jacobi, a member of an elite team
of Germans that settled in Huntsville and helped build the nation's
rocket arsenal during the Cold War, has died.

He was 91.

Jacobi, who died Wednesday, was part of the team of 118
scientists that came to America with Wernher von Braun at the end
of World War II.

Friends say Jacobi helped design the structure and components of America's Cold War rockets.

Jacobi is a native of Saalfeld, Germany who worked with von
Braun's team during World War II building V-2 rockets.

He was captured by the U.S. Army and sent to Texas to work for the
military. He moved to Hunstville in 1950.


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