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chauffering Utassy about the various Long Island Yacht Clubs. Named the "Babetta," the flying boat was a standard 1913 type with the latest Curtiss OX 90-100 hp., engine. Together they spent an active season flying to the many bays and watering nook of Long Island Sound, cruising about the south shore and the harbor of New York. McCurdy flew for Utassy again during the summer of 1914. In March, 1915, McCurdy was head of the new Canadian Curtiss Company in Toronto, and in April a flying school was established there to train Canadian military aviators. The entire setup grew rapidly. McCurdy was in complete charge of the Curtiss Canadian interests and a member of the Board of Directors of the Curtiss Company. A number of ex-Curtiss pilots were soon employed as instructors, both land and water training were given, and a large number of students were trained for the World War I program. A large factory was established and on a visit to England McCurdy was awarded a contract to build a twin-engine bomber. Called the "Canada" it was an 80-foot span, double-fuselage-type biplane having two 160 hp., tractor Curtiss engines, designed to carry a 2,000 pound[[strikethrough]] s [[/strikethrough]] load. The first plane was successfully flight tested in September by Tony Jannus at Toronto. The company produced a number of them, as well as many of the Canadian version of the well-known Jennies, popularly termed "Canucks." After World War I McCurdy formed the Reid Aircraft Company in Montreal, which was later merged with the Curtiss Company to become the Curtiss-Reid Aircraft, Ltd. to manufacture planes. The name soon was known the world over, McCurdy was President, and he continued in this capacity until 1939. During the 1930's he did considerable world traveling in the interest of aviation and played a part in establishing Trans-Canada Airlines. During World War II McCurdy resigned his industrial post to work for the government, where he became Supervisor of Purchasing and Assistant Directo 10
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