Rohlfs was the son of the furniture designer Charles Rohlfs and the mystery writer Anna Katharine Rohlfs. His brother Sterling Rohlfs ( born May 18, 1887 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, † 1928 in Toluca ) was also a test pilot, he died in 1928 in a plane crash.
Roland Rohlfs 1918 tested a seaplane called " Dunkirk Fighter" for the Curtiss Airplane Company. In 1919 he passed the three-decker " Curtiss L -3" as the first the limit of 10,000 m altitude and made with 34,610 feet ( with an outside temperature of -44 ° C), a world record.
- Born in 1892
- Died in 1974