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Hollingsworth Franklin Gregory

business executive , air force officer.

Hollingsworth Franklin Gregory, business executive, air force officer. Decorated Legion of Merit with bronze star, Air Medal Commendation Medal, Chevalier Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur (France), Medaille Aeronautique (France).


Gregory, Hollingsworth Franklin was born on January 13, 1906 in Rockwall, Texas, United States. Son of Louis Franklin and Glennie (Hollingsworth) Gregory.


Bachelor of Arts, Mississippi College, 1926.


Commissioned Second lieutenant Air Corps United States Army, 1929, advanced through grades to brigadier general United States Air Force, 1954. Flying cadet at Brooks and Kelly Fields, Texas, 1928-1929. Squadron officer Maxwell Field, Alabama, 1929-1931.

Student Army Air Corps Technology School, Chanute Field, Illinois, 1931-1932. Engineering officer Post Field, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1932-1936. Officer in charge autogiro tests, 1936-1937.

Project officer for autogiros Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, 1937-1938. Assistant commandant Army Air Corps Autogiro School, Patterson Field, 1938. Project officer rotary wing aircraft Wright Field, 1938-1939, chief miscellaneous aircraft projects, technical staff engineering div., 1939-1944.

Assistant chief of staff, intelligence, also materiel, and operations, 7th Air Force, 1944-1946. With Research and Development Board, Office Secretary Defense, 1948-1949. Air attache, France, 1952-1956.

Commander Air Force Office Science Research, 1956-1958. Vice-president, director Midwestern Instruments, Inc., 1960-1962, assistant to Chairman of the Board 1962-1978. Chairman of the Board Guaranty National Bank, Tulsa.

Assistant to Chairman of the Board Telex Corporation, Tulsa. Director City National Bank, Tulsa. Chairman of the Board, president World Resources Corporation, Tulsa.


  • Author: Anything a Horse Can Do—The Story of the Helicopter, 1944, The Helicopter, 1975. Contributor to aero. publications, popular mags. Pioneered development autogiros and helicopters.


Member of advisory board Salvation Army, Tulsa. Member Air Force Association, American Defense Preparedness Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Rifle Association, American Radio Relay League, Quarter Century Wirless Association Air Force Academy Athletic Association, Order Daedalians. Rotarian,; Clubs: National Aviation.


Married Sarah Elizabeth Kohr, June 24, 1944. Children: Glennie Elizabeth, Hollingsworth Franklin.

Louis Franklin Gregory

Glennie (Hollingsworth) Gregory

Sarah Elizabeth Kohr

Glennie Elizabeth Gregory

Hollingsworth Franklin Gregory