People

Name

Position

Information

Beech, Walter

President Curtiss Wright Airplane Company

Child, Lloyd

Test pilot Curtiss Wright

Copeland, George

Curtiss Wright Researcher

Very active researcher in the 1950’s and beyond.  Much of my research come from his archives.

Binns, Dave

Airshow performer in the Junior

Jones, D. L.

Curtiss Wright Test Pilot

Ladwig, Harold

Airshow performer in the Junior

Ladwig, Jim

Curtiss Wright Junior Researcher

Very active researcher in the 1950’s and beyond.  Much of my research come from his archives.

Pressler, Dorthy

Pilot

On August 4, 1931, Pressler and Capt. Bill Bleakley tested a new Curtiss-Wright Junior to determine the airplane’s altitude capability. She flew around cloud formations, which boosted the craft for two hours and fifteen minutes, reached a height of 16,091 feet, and broke the previous record of approximately 15,000 feet for light-altitude airplanes weighing less than a thousand pounds. After landing, she discovered that because the India ink used in the barograph had frozen, her record was unofficial.

Piasecki, Frank

Designer of the Piasecki PV-2 helicopter

Frank built the PV-2 using the fuselage of a Curtiss Wright Junior

White, Karl

Designer of the Curtiss Wright CW 1 Junior