California Wings - A History of Aviation in the Golden State by William A. Schoneberger

By William A. Schoneberger

A entire background of California aviation starting in San Francisco with Frederick Marriotts Aviator Hermes, Jr., Americas first profitable dirigible. California has loved a colourful and wealthy aviation background courting again to the times of 1849 whilst Rufus Porter constructed a scheme to take worried argonauts to the gold fields from long island in 3 days through a cigar formed aerial locomotive. in accordance with writer William A. Schoneberger, the Golden kingdom has contributed extra to aviation heritage than maybe the other zone of the realm due to its favorable weather, enterprising humans, and openness to new principles. Many aviation firsts came about in California akin to the 1st airship flight (1869), first glider (1883), and primary overseas aviation meet (1910) to call quite a few. in addition, the kingdom has been blessed with greater than its percentage of aerial heroes together with John Joseph Montgomery, Glenn Martin, Glenn Curtiss, Donald Douglas, Lawrence Bell, Jack Northrop, Charles Lindbergh, Cal Rodgers, Wiley submit, Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes, Jackie Cochran and Chuck Yeager. All have been associated in a single method or the opposite with California.

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These programs, together with General Electric's J79 jet-engine production, are credited with reestablishing the aviation industries of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and World War II. Italy, industries devastated during A four-nation manufacturing consortium was established in Europe; Canada and Japan each produced their own aircraft. The NATO consortium produced more than 1,800; Canada and Japan produced another 550. From the Skunk Works came two other precedent-setting aircraft, the super-spy U-2, first flown in August 1955, and the Mach 3 SR-71/YF-12A.

RECOMMEND CLOSING DEAL. " The 60-day race was on. his THE STEEL WORKER'S SON Among California's eclectic aviation pioneers, now ("Dutch") Kindelberger, born in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of a German immigrant at 16 to steel work molder and his wife, quit school as a foundry apprentice. Young Kindelberger took correspondence courses, became a civilian draftsman/inspector with the Army Engineering Corps, continued working nights until he completed high school, then passed the entrance examination for Pittsburgh's Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Varney, owner of Varney Speed Lines (a Lockheed airline customer), Mr. and Mrs. C. Walker, and III: Thomas F. Ryan The investors Stearman as president and general their successful bid, $40,000. elected Lloyd manager. Carl Squier was named vice-president sales manager; Robert Gross, treasurer; Cyril Chappellet, secretary; Richard Von Hake, chief engineer; and Hall L. Hibbard, assistant and on the major leagues. For Lockheed these were exciting times as the company prospered in commercial and military markets alike.

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