Our friend Dieter Schlueter just passed away on June 16, 2021.
By Horace Hagen
Dieter was one of the most gracious people I have ever met. I was a lucky guy to meet him right after he set two FAI world records for R/C helicopter duration and distance in 1970. He showed me all of his 8mm films of his early experiments and flew his “Cobra” helicopter for me. Before I left I asked him to put my name on the waiting list for the first 50 hand made Cobra kits he planned to produce in his basement. In March 1971 I received my first semi scale Cobra kit. When I started flying the Cobra during April I needed a lot of help and for several months I exchanged letters with Dieter biweekly and he never failed to reply.
In the mid 70's Dieter formed his own company “Schlueter Modellbau” and turned it into a very successful worldwide business. The company specialized in R/C helicopters and also served other areas of modeling. Today, Dieter is recognized as the father of R/C helicopters.
I am eternally grateful to Dieter for getting me into R/C helicopters in the early days. Without his inspiration I would never have embarked on a modeling career that included being a member and chairman of the FAI/CIAM F3C subcommittee for many years.
Rest in Peace my friend.