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then went with Douglas Aircraft Company in field service work.. In 1933 he became a materials inspection engineer for Lockheed Aircraft.  Later he was Design Engineer on the Lockheed Ventura plane, then Division Engineer of Materials and Standards in the Quality Control Section of the San Diego, California and Wichita, Kansas plants.  Following this he was made quality-control assurance official in charge of the Chicago, Cleveland, and New York offices.  From this position Campbell retired on December 31st, 1963, after 28 years of service at Lockheed.  A commemorative retirement party in his honor was given later at a well-known Burbank restaurant.

In retirement Campbell laid plans to write a book on the history of aviation in California.  An avid camera fan he was also a collector of historical aviation photos for his vast slide collection, which was his personal pride.  He and Mrs. Campbell planned a leisurely nation-wide motor tour collecting material for his book, visiting old friends, aviation museums and sight-seeing.  After some seven or eight weeks of this tour Campbell became ill and was forced to terminate their trip and fly back to California to undergo surgery for an aneurysm.  During the course of this operation in a Hollywood hospital Campbell passed away on June 21st, 1963.  He was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, one sister, two brothers, a stepson and a stepdaughter.  Internment was in Valhalla Cemetery at the Portal of Folded Wings.

Flying Pioneer, stunt man extraordinary, Mark Campbell devoted most of his life to aviation.  Master showman, he developed and following a hazardous aerial circus act that took unusual courage and stamina.  It served two useful purposes - it helped to sell armindedness to the public and started the serious development of parachutes for aviation use.  While he became an expert aviator and was one of the most prominent early movie stunt pilot, appearing in scores of feature pictures, history will probably remember him best as the originator


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