Tuesday, 17 August 2021

1416) William Langhorne Bond

William Langhorne Bond (1893- 1985). American aviator and aviation executive.

After completing high school in 1911 he joined a heavy construction company. When the United States entered World War I, he volunteered for the Army, joining a Virginia National Guard unit. He completed officer training while serving in Europe and demobilized with the rank of lieutenant in 1919. He resumed working in the civil construction industry until contacted by George Conrad Westervelt of Curtis Aviation, (soon to become Curtiss-Wright Corporation) in 1929 to manage construction of a new aircraft factory in Baltimore.
From 1931 until 1948 he was operations manager and vice-president of China National Aviation Corporation.
- "Close-­cropped strands of reddish hair showed beneath his hatband.https://www.amazon.fr/Chinas-Wings-Intrigue.../dp/B00540P9DY
- "He was a red-haired, ruddy-faced, thickset boy who smiled with pursed lips..." https://books.google.it/books?id=hZAn5L-gIpQC&pg=PA16...


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