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produce the Airmaster. By the time the project was nicely under way World War II came and the company was obligated to convert the equipment to make larger troop-carrying assault gliders for the Government. The last Airmaster, built in 1940, was equipped with the 120 H.P. Martin-Chevrolet inverted in-line engine which gave the plane exceptional performance. During World War II, after producing a sizable contract for assault gliders, the Babcock Aircraft Company also made a large number of aircraft engine assembly strand for the Government. After the War his health was of major concern and all thought of re-entering the private aircraft business had to be abandoned. For a time Babcock again worked in electronic development work, but in 1946 became interested in boats. As a result he built Polynesian Clipper boats. While interested in marine projects Babcock also designed and built the first successful neutral, forward and reverse gear unit for outboard motors. In retirement Babcock now runs a small back yard rod and reel repair shop in deLand, Florida where he enjoys fishing and occasionally takes on small design and development projects. Early Bird, Flying Pioneer Verne C. Babcock richly deserves exceptional recognition for his many worthy contributions to American aviation history. Staring with balloons he was one of the very first to assist in the early development of the aeroplanes. Endowed with unusual mechanical and engineering ability he built planes and taught himself to fly them at a very early date, and has devoted his entire lifetime of hard work and sacrifice to the design, construction and test of many successful aircraft. Many times deprived of ultimate business success just when his dream seemed within reach, his love of the game and the will and determination to continue always inspired him to carry on. His long lifetime of worthy contributions to the industry are his rich reward. 5
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