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45 H.P. Szekely engine. Johnson remained with Buhl Aircraft through 1931 when he resigned to become District Representative for the Hartzell Propeller Fan Company of Kansas City, Missouri where he remained through 1933. In 1934 he became Vice-President of the Diamond Buff Company of Detroit, Michigan and was with them through 1937. During World War II Johnson was Dayton Representative for Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. In the 1950's he owned and operated Johnson's 5¢ to $1.00 store in Germantown, Ohio. In the early 1960's Johnson retired and moved to McAllen, Texas, later moving to Weslaco, Texas, where he now resides. In retirement he enjoys traveling and received his 50th year Commemorative Early Bird Plaque at that organization's Annual Reunion held at Los Angeles, California in October, 1966. As one of the Founder Members Johnson has served in several of its various official capacities over the years. Flying Pioneer, Early Bird James M. Johnson has had a most distinctive career in early American aviation history and contributed much toward its progressive development. As a very competent and active pilot he was well known and liked throughout the industry. His always courteous manner and pleasant personality won him scores of friends everywhere.
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