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Grover Loening

author , aircraft engineer

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.

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