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Grover Loening

Grover Loening, German aircraft engineer, author. Recipient Distinguished Service award for design and completion of Loening two-seater fighting plane, United States War Department, 1919; awarded Medal for Merit by President Truman, 1948; Wright Brother Memorial Trophy, 1950; Exceptional Civilian Service medal United States Air Force, 1955, Guggenheim medal, 1960; member Aviation Hall of Fame.

Background

  • Loening, Grover was born on September 12, 1888 in of America parents (father United States consul), Bremen, Germany. Son of Albert and Hermine (Rubino) Loening.

  • Education

    • Preparatory education Cutler School, New York City and Lawrenceville (New Jersey) School. Bachelor of Science, Columbia, 1908, A.M., 1910, C.E., 1911.

    Career

    • ; children—Michael T., Mistress William Prickett, Junior, Mistress John Hanford. General manager Wright Company, Dayton, Ohio, 1913-1914. Chief aero. engineer United States Army Air Corps, 1914-1915.

      Vice president, general manager Sturtevant Aeroplane Company, Boston, 1916-1917. President Loening Aero. Engineering Corporation, New York, 1917-1928.

      Director, construction engineering Custiss-Wright Corporation, 1928-1929. President Grover Loening Aircraft Company, aircraft manufacturers, 1928-1938. Construction engineering Fairchild Engine & Aircraft Corporation.

      Construction engineering Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Chairman of the Board, construction engineering New York Airways Corporation, then Chairman of the Board emeritus Aero. adviser United States Maritime Commission, 1937-1938. Consultant on aircraft War Production Board, 1942-1945.

      Member seaplane and helicopter coms. and aero. consultant National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1945-1949. Member board National Air Museum, 1946-1968. Consultant specialist President’s Air Policy Commission, 1948.

      A founder, 1922, first president Aero. Chamber of Commerce American. Member advising committee Daniel Guggenheim School aeronautics, New York University, 1950-1960.

      Chairman advisory council Columbia University Institute of Air Flight Structures. Director Flight Safety Foundation Inventor strut-braced monoplane and Loening amphibian airplane. Holder many airplane patents.

      Winner Wright Trophy, 1921, Collier Trophy, 1922.

    Works

    • Author: Monoplanes and Biplanes, 1911. Military Aeroplanes (9 editions), 1915-1918. Our Wings Grow Faster, 1935.

      Takeoff Into Greatness, 3 edits., 1968. Conquering Wing, 1970. Amphibian, 1973.

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member seaplane and helicopter coms. and aero. consultant National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1945-1949. Member board National Air Museum, 1946-1968. Member advising committee Daniel Guggenheim School aeronautics, New York University, 1950-1960.

    Fellow American Institute Aeronautics an Astronautics (honorary), Royal Aero. Society; member Society Automotive Engineers, Early Birds, Order Quiet Birdmen, Society Experimental Test Pilots, Order Daedalians (honorary), Sigma Xi. Clubs: Racquet and Tennis, Wings, New York Yacht.

    Connections

    • Married Marka Truesdale, June 28, 1930 (divorced 1940). Children: Michael T., Mistress William Prickett, Junior.
    • father: Albert Loening
    • mother: Hermine (Rubino) Loening
    • spouse: Marka Truesdale
    • children: Michael T. Loening
    • Mistress William Prickett Loening
    • Jr Loening
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    Born September 12, 1888
    Died February 29, 1976
    (aged 87)
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