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Earle Ovington

Earle Ovington, American aeronautical engineer. member and president, Early Birds (aviation assn.


  • Ovington, Earle was born on December 20, 1879 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Edward J. and Mary Wickes (Barnes) Ovington.

  • Education

    • Electrical Engineer, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1904. Graduate Bleriot School of Aeronautics, Pau, France, 1911.


    • Began as assistant in X-ray laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, 1898, later with experiment laboratory Edison Electric Illuminating Company. With New York Telephone Сompany, 1899-1900. Founder, 1905, president, 1905-1908, Ovington Manufacturing Company.

      Founder, 1908, president, 1908-1910, Ovington Motor Company. President Vitalait Laboratory, Inc., Vitalait Laboratory of N.E., and Vitalait Laboratory of Pacific Coast, preparing bacteriological cultures for medical use, 1912-1919. Founder, 1918, president 1918-1920, Sandy Point (Maine) Shipbuilding Company.

      President Curtiss Flying Station, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1918-1920. Consultant electrical and aeronautical engineer, Santa Barbara, California, since 1920. Pacific Coast factory representative Curtiss Aerocars.

      Lieutenant commander United States Navy Reserve Winner Boston Globe Tri-State Air Race and $10,000 prize, also John R. McLean trophy ($2,500), 1911. First United States Air Mail pilot, 1911. Founder, member and president, Early Birds (aviation association).


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member and president, Early Birds (aviation assn.


    • Married Adelaide Alexander, April. Children: Audrey, Kester.
    • father: Edward J. Ovington
    • mother: Mary Wickes (Barnes) Ovington
    • spouse: Adelaide Alexander
    • children: Audrey Ovington
    • Kester Ovington
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    Born December 20, 1879
    Died July 21, 1936
    (aged 56)