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William Elmer Zins

William Elmer Zins, American aerospace consultant. Decorated Army Commendation medal. United States delegate Federation Aeronautical International, National Aeronautical Association, Washington, 1961-1974. Member Twirly Birds (founder, president 1960-1964), Air Force Association, American Helicopter Society, Association United States Army.; Club: Military Officers.

Background

  • Zins, William Elmer was born on November 29, 1912 in Cincinnati. Son of Matthew and Carolyn (Naegele) Zins.

  • Education

    • B.Aerospace Engineering, University Cincinnati, 1937. M.Aerospace Engineering, New York University, 1944. Design engineer Consolidated Aircraft, San Diego, 1938-1939.

      Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1939, advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel, 1951. Rated command pilot, 1939-1959, retired, 1959. Director customer service Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1959-1974.

      Aerospace consultant, since 1974. Co-holder world helicopter record for distance in straight line, 1946.

    Career

    • Design engineer Consolidated Aircraft, San Diego, 1938—1939. Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1939. Lieutenant colonel, 1951.

      Rated command pilot, 1939—1959. Retired, 1959

      Director customer service Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1959—1974. Aerospace consultant, from 1974.

      United States delegate Federation Aeronautical International, National Aeronautical Association, Washington, 1961—1974.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyterian

    Membership

    Member Twirly Birds (founder, president 1960-1964), Air Force Association, American Helicopter Society, Association United States Army. Club: Military Officers.

    Connections

    • Married Phyllis Marguerite Pengelly, June 29, 1940. Children– Jack Robert, Margot Lee, Becky Joy.
    • father: Matthew Zins
    • mother: Carolyn (Naegele) Zins
    • spouse: Phyllis Marguerite Pengelly
    • children: Jack Robert Zins
    • Margot Lee Zins
    • Becky Joy Zins
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    Born November 29, 1912
    Died October 27, 2009
    (aged 96)
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