|The Emil Buehler Trust was established in 1984
to perpetuate the memory of Emil Buehler and his commitment to
aviation science and technology.
Emil Buehler - aviation visionary, architect and engineer - the
majesty and mystery of flight was more than a private interest.
It was a vision to be shared - during his lifetime and beyond.
It is this same vision that is perpetuated today through the
continuing philanthropic involvement of the Buehler Trust.
Emil Buehler was born April 24, 1899 in Alpirsbach, a small
town in the Black Forest area of Germany. One of the very few
local children to achieve a high school level of education, he
first experienced flying at age 17 as a pilot in the World War I
German navy. Following the war, he graduated from the University
of Stuttgart with degrees in architecture and engineering -
moving to America within the year to pursue his career.
A pioneer in aeronautics as well as a designer of buildings,
Mr. Buehler was actively involved in many of the significant
aviation events that took place in New Jersey during the late
1920’s and early 1930’s. He operated his own school of
aeronautics at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, ran a seaplane
base on the Hudson River, and later designed and personally
supervised the construction of an aviation facility at the
Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale.
His aeronautic involvements also included funding the
development of a wind tunnel with Mach 3 capability - allowing
the testing of space vehicles in design configurations at speeds
up to three times the speed of sound. The internationally-known
Emil Buehler Mach 3 wind tunnel is located at Rutgers, the State
of New Jersey university, which in 1974 conferred on Emil
Buehler the title of Eminent Engineer.
His legacy of philanthropic commitment extends to a number of
leading educational institutions. In the early 1960’s, a
donation from the Emil Buehler Foundation led to the
establishment of Buehler Planetarium at Broward Community
College in Fort Lauderdale. Continuing funding provided by the
Buehler Trust has established the planetarium as an outstanding
facility for astronomy education.
Other projects currently funded by the Emil Buehler Trust
- Sponsorship of the Eagle Flight Leadership Centeer for
the EAA Aviation Foundation
- Funding of the Hall of Fame Gallery at the Aviation Hall
of Fame Educational Center.
- The establishment of a Conservation Laboratory at the
Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Library.
- Funding of the Emil Buehler Observatory on the campus of
Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
- Funding of the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at
the Dulles Center, National Air and Space Museum,