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Oral history interview with Eugene E. Wilson [electronic resource], 1962

Creator: Wilson, Eugene E., 1887-1974
Project: Naval history project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 974 pages sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit) Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Naval aviator, industrialist.

Scope and Contents

Childhood and education, Montana; United States Naval Academy; Navy Rifle Teams; engineering and gunnery service at sea; Engineering School, Columbia; World War I experiences with Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow; Aviation Mechanics School at Great Lakes; Bureau of Aeronautics; pilot training; Aircraft Squadrons Battle Fleet, 1927; development of carrier task force; resignation from Navy, 1929; United Aircraft Corporation; aircraft industry developments and problems; air-cooled engine; controllable angle propeller; new types of planes; helicopter; airmail contract cancellations; aircraft industry through World War II; postwar industry problems. Impressions of industrial, political, naval, and military leaders, notably Admirals William A. Moffett, Ernest J. King, and Joseph M. Reeves, General William Mitchell, Chance M. Vought, Charles A. Lindbergh, Thomas F. Hamilton, Frederick B. Rentschler, Igor Sikorsky, William Boeing, and James Forrestal.


Access Conditions

Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1971.

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