GLENN L. MARTIN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/19/1918 - HFSID 44007
GLENN L. MARTIN. Discusses his World War I bomber 4 days after its first flight Typed Letter signed: "Glenn L. Martin", 1p, 8¼x10¾. Cleveland, Ohio, 1918 August 19. On letterhead of The Glenn L. Martin Company to Henry Woodhouse, Aero Club of America, New York City.
GLENN L. MARTIN.
Discusses his World War I bomber 4 days after its first flight
Typed Letter signed: "Glenn L. Martin", 1p, 8¼x10¾. Cleveland, Ohio, 1918 August 19. On letterhead of The Glenn L. Martin Company to Henry Woodhouse, Aero Club of America, New York City. In full: "I am enclosing clipping [not included] from the Sunday Morning's Plain Dealer which describes the trial flight of our first 800 horsepower Martin Gun Machine. I want to say that it is one of the most successful launchings of new designs I have had, and I feel that this last effort of ours is nearly 100% perfect. I must be modest, however, and while I feel that we have built the best machine in the world, I want to let Washington and their corps of technical experts have an opportunity of learning this firsthand. Anyway, all of Cleveland is might proud of this big ship. I have no photographs as yet, but if we are told that we can distribute same, I will immediately forward you several photographs and know they will be interesting. Yours very truly". Glenn L. Martin (1886-1955) established one of the first airplane factories in the U.S. in Santa Ana, California in 1909. He began building aircraft for the U.S. Army in 1914. In 1917, Martin formed The Glenn L. Martin Company, Cleveland, Ohio. The Martin MB-1, also called the Glenn Martin Bomber, was the first US-designed bomber procured in quantity (22) by the U.S. Army during World War I. Designed for reconnaissance in support of ground forces, with a secondary mission as a bomber, the MB-1 had a maximum speed of 105 miles per hour, a 390-mile range, and a 10,300 foot altitude ceiling. It was armed with five 30-calibre machine guns and carried 1,040 pounds of bombs. During WWII, Martin's specialties were the B-10 and B-26 Marauder bombers. He is enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Henry Woodhouse was associated with the Aerial League of America and published "Flying Magazine". Lightly soiled. Minor nicks and ½-inch tear on right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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