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166 HOWARD HUNTINGTON Early New York Aviation Engineer - Manufacturer Howard Huntington was born at Flushing, New York, December 13th, 1885. He attended local grade and high schools, then graduated from New York University in 1909 with a BA degree. While in college he became interested in aviation an built and flew hang-type gliders prior to 1908. In 1908-1909 he assisted with the construction of the airplanes produced by the Aerial Experiment Association at Hammondsport, New York. In 1910 he opened his own shop at Mineola, [[strikethrough]] Long Island, New York [[strikethrough]] Long Island, to build planes and to bring out a line of accessories for the plane builder. On January 31, 1910, he became a member of the Aero Club of America. During 1910-1912 he built two experimental planes, the second one [[strikethrough]] being a novel [[strikethrough]] having an arched-wing, high wing monoplane, called the "Gull". It was intended to be automatically stable and it was. This plane was powered by a 6-cylinder, [[strikethrough]] 75-horsepower [[strikethrough]] 75 H.P. Roberts engine and was flown at Hempstead, Long Island, in the spring of 1913. Huntington started working on a military-type tractor biplane in 1914, then on January 7, 1915, organized Huntington Aircraft, Incorporated, with an office in New York and a factory at Garden City, Long Island. The new biplane was first flown on March 11, 1915, by Early Bird Harnold Kantner, and probed to be an excellent machine from the start. It was a fine looking 36-foot span, enclosed fuselage type biplane, powered by a 7-cylinder, [[strikethrough]] 80 horsepower [[strikethrough]] 80 H.P. Gyro rotary engine, and had a central skid-type landing gear. This plane was flown extensively through 1915 and demonstrated before various military and government officials.
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