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Pioneer U.S. Aero Designer
Born Macksburg, Iowa
January 17, 1886 December 4, 1955
Without the benefit of technical education or flight instruction, he built and flew his first aircraft in 1909. Within two years he became a skilled airman, establishing records for altitude, speed and endurance, and did much to popularize and promote early aviation. He founded the famed Martin Aviation Companies in 1911 and was a leading visionary of the industry for over forty years.
The fertile mind of this self-taught aero engineer produced a continual flow of land and seaplanes to the civil and military air fleets of the world. A few of his achievements were: the advanced Martin MB-1 twin engined bomber of 1918, which provided U.S. airpower its first strategic aircraft; the B-10 bomber and China Clippers of the 30's; and the giant Martin flying boats and Marauder bombers of the 1940's.
Glenn Martin's philanthropy in aerospace education and his courage and vision in the exploration of new horizons has earned him a place with the great heroes of aero history.
Invested 1977 in the International Aerospace Hall of Fame
From "These We Honor," The International Hall of Fame; The San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego, CA. 1984
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