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aircraft activities. Cato was retained, however, as Production Engineer and Assistant to the President, and also permitted to do some outside aircraft consulting. During this time he designed another light plane and engine on his own time. He then formed the Cato Aircraft and Engine Corporation, hoping to get into business for himself but this did not materialize. In 1941 Cato became Chief Aircraft Maintenance Inspector and General Superintendent of the aircraft shops at Castle Air Force Base, Merced, California. There he designed and supervised the construction of numerous special tools, jigs and fixtures, field and hangar equipment, for which he received several awards and commendations from the Air Force. He remained at Merced until he retired in May, 1953. Joseph Cato passed away on February 28, 1965, of a heart attack, at the Turlock Community Hospital, Turlock, California, age 77. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, Phyllis Cato Ferguson and a son, Budd. Early Bird and Flying Pioneer, Joseph L. Cato devoted a long and active career to aviation, more particularly to creative engineering and development, contributing much toward the early progress of American aviation history. He started as a youth when but little information of value was available to guide his course. He certainly belongs to that exclusive group of early young experimenters who had enthusiasm for the mere possibility of flying, which led them to build an aeroplane, then try to coax it to lift them into the air. 4
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