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By William A. Schoneberger

A entire heritage 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 heritage courting again to the times of 1849 while Rufus Porter constructed a scheme to take fearful argonauts to the gold fields from big apple in 3 days through a cigar formed aerial locomotive. in accordance with writer William A. Schoneberger, the Golden nation has contributed extra to aviation heritage than probably the other zone of the area as a result of its favorable weather, enterprising humans, and openness to new principles. Many aviation firsts happened in California equivalent to the 1st airship flight (1869), first glider (1883), and primary overseas aviation meet (1910) to call quite a few. besides, the nation has been blessed with greater than its proportion 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 manner or the opposite with California.

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During World War II, as first president of California's Aircraft War Production Control Council (representing all the state's aircraft manufacturers), Kindelberger personally badgered the nation's War Production Board for materials, machinery, and priorities. He nagged, chided, stormed, and slashed at red tape, the automotive industry's "blacksmith" techniques, and draft boards for taking engineers he considered indispensible to the war effort. S. government $14 million saved by increased efficiency in trainer aircraft manufacturing.

When Douglas returned to California, he asked Kindelberger to come along. Kindelberger told Douglas he would prefer getting more experience with Martin but might come later. At Martin in 1920 he became chief draftsman and assistant chief engineer. His years there saw the advent of the all-metal seaplane, heavy . bombardment aircraft, and the MB-2 bomber General Billy Mitchell would use in 1922 to demonstrate the capabilities of air power. 37 CALIFORNIA WINGS Kindelberger's experiences at Martin served well.

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