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Earle Ovington

aeronautical engineer

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.


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).


Member and president, Early Birds (aviation assn.


Married Adelaide Alexander, April. Children: Audrey, Kester.

Edward J. Ovington

Mary Wickes (Barnes) Ovington

Adelaide Alexander

Audrey Ovington

Kester Ovington