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    Airplane Manufacturer Glen Martin Important 1918 Typed Letter Signed Signed, "Glenn L. Martin," 1 1/2 pages, separate sheets, 8 1/2" x 11". Glenn L. Martin is writing on August 6, 1918 to Henry Woodhouse, of The Aero Club of America, New York City, and is annoyed that, "After having written you several letters as a member of the Flying Field Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and received no direct answers to the questions asked in reference to aerial mail, etc. and then to receive such letters as have been received from your Mr. Childs as the Advertising Manager of Aerial Age..." He goes on to correct Mr. Childs' assertion that "it may save your company as much as a quarter of a million dollars if the City of Cleveland establishes such a field," explaining the his company already has a significant field established for flying. Martin then discusses "the running of an advertisement in Aerial Age." Glenn Martin (1886-1955) produced his first airplane, built from his own blueprints, and taught himself to fly. In 1912, at the age of 26, he became the youngest airplane manufacturer in the world, building his craft for specialized purposes. Four years later, Orville Wright and Glenn Martin merged their companies and the Wright-Martin Aircraft Company was formed in September 1916. When the U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917, Wright-Martin was the only American company that was working on a usable airplane engine, but the new company lasted only ten months. The company, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, produced more than 5,000 engines during the war. Martin resigned from the company to build airplanes while Wright reorganized as Wright Aeronautical. Martin moved his factory to Cleveland, Ohio and reorganized as the Glenn L. Martin Company, where they specialized in the B-10 and B-26 Marauder bombers. Manufactured by Boeing, the Glenn L. Martin Company assembled the Enola Gay bomber which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Tips of lower corners missing. Paper clip stain on first page at upper left, paper clip impressions on second page at upper left. Slightly shaded margins. This letter provides a personal view of the man who made airplane manufacturing his life. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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