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FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE

exhibition work with relief by Armor when necessary. Since Armor was still retaining his connection with Texaco, this plan was necessary. While these plans were in process business matters forced cancellation of the entire venture.

Armor continued to do some flying that year at St. Louis, Missouri and became a member of the Aero Club there. He joined the Aero Club of Illinois in 1912 and remained with Texaco until he formed Armor Auto Company, Incorporated at Houston, Texas in 1916, selling Ford cars. He was President and Manager of this business until 1926.

During World War I Armor volunteered for pilot duty with the U. S. Naval Reserve Flying Corps and was given flying tests at Stinson Flying School, San Antonio, Texas. He was later sent to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for preparatory instruction, then transferred to the Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Base where he remained until the Armistice when he returned to his automobile business.

In 1929 Armor took a refersher [[refresher]] flying course with the Texas Air transport Company at Houston and secured his private flying Licence No. 8863. That year he became Sales Manager for Curtiss-Wright Flying Service at Houston and remained in that position through 1930. While with Curtiss-Wright the firm engaged extensively in crop dusting throughout the southern cotton belt.

In 1931 Armor became Executive Vice-President, Treasurer-Director of Morrison Securities, handling investments, real estate and insurance, where he remained until 1940. From 1944 to 1953 he was Liaison Officer-Inspector-Examiner for the United States Government.

From 1954-1955 he was on the staff of Rice Institute, then from 1957 through 1958 he served in the same capacity for Jones College-Rice Institute. He did his last flying in 1941 with an Ercoupe monoplane, strictly for pleasure. He was a member of the Early Birds, Masonic Order and American Legion. Mr. Armor passed away October 3, 1972 at Laguna Hills, California, survived by his wife, one daughter and two sons. 

Flying Pioneer, Early Bird Robert J. Armor was one of the early students of the Wright Brothers flying school. While he did not make aviation his lifetime work and flew but a short time he is nevertheless a noteworthy figure in early American Aviation history.

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