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During World War II, after completing a sizable contract for assault gliders, the Babcock Aircraft Company also made a large number of aircraft engine assembly stands for the government. After the war, Babcock’s health became a major concern and all thoughts of rendering the private aircraft business had to be abandoned. For a time he again worked [[crossed-out]]inelectronic[[/crossed-out]] developments, but in 1946 his interest shifted to boats. As a result he built a powered catamaran which developed into the original cabin-type “Katy” and Polynesian Clipper boats. He also designed and built the first successful forward, neutral, and reverse gear unit for outboard motors. Following retirement, Babcock operated a small fishing rod and reel repair shop in the rear of his home in DeLand, Florida. He enjoyed fishing and occasionally taking on a small design and development project that might interest him. After the death of Mrs. Babcock in early 1970 he lived alone, lonely and in gradually failing health. He died February 13, 1972, at age 82. He was survived by two daughters. Mr. Babcock was a member of the famed Early Birds organization. Flying Pioneer, Early Bird Vearne C. Babcock deserved exceptional recognition for his worthy contributions to America aviation history. Starting with balloons, he was one of the first to assist in the early developmental of the airplane. Endowed with the unusual mechanical and engineering ability, he built planes and taught himself to fly them at an early age, and devoted his entire lifetime of hard work and sacrifice to the design, construction and testing of many successful aircraft. Many times he was deprived of ultimate business success, just when his dreams seemed within reach but his love of flying and the determination to continue always inspired him to carry on. His reward was the knowledge that during his long lifetime he had made such worthy contributions to the industry he loved.
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