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[[left margin]] [[stamp]] FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE [[/stamp]] [[/left margin]] During early 1930 he was working on a small special amphibian for the Navy. Called the XSI-1, it was a monoplane with folding wings and tail surfaces for compact storage. Powered by a Warner engine it was intended to operate from submarines. As a result of this development Loening brought out a commercial version of this plane, called the DUCKLING. This was followed by the MONODUCK using a Wright Whirlwind engine. In 1934 Loening suspended the manufacture of planes and sub-contracted his work with existing firms in order to carry on his activities. Loening closed his research firm in 1936 to become Aviation Advisor to the U.S. Maritime Commission. During World War II he was Aviation Consultant on the War Production Board and during that time was a director of a number of aeronautical financial organisations, including Roosevelt Field, Inc., the Palmer Securities Company and W. A. Harriman Securities Corporation. He was head consultant with N. A. C. A. in 1946, becoming Chairman of the Helicopter Committee. In 1947 he conducted a survey of VTOL possibilities and reported to N. A. C. A. Loening was the first President of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce, a founder member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, Early Birds and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He received the Wright Memorial Trophy in 1950 and the Guggenheim Medal in 1960. He is a member of several Clubs in New York and Washington, D.C. Living in retirement in key biscayne, florida, the father of three grown children, he actively continues his interest in aviation and in 1968 wrote another valuable aviation book titled "TAKE OFF INTO GREATNESS" followed in 1970 by "THE CONQUERING WING", an exiting novel of early flying. Flying pioneer, Early Bird Grover Loening is truly one of the "greats" of early aviation development. Talented engineer, aviator, designer, builder and author, his contributions to aviation progress are legendary. a talented writer, his literature will live on through time. his long line of famous amphibians performed unbelievable tasks all over the world. Frank and outspoken in his judgement of aviation discussions, his counsel and unusual vision have always 7
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