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and Donald Douglas became his replacement. That spring Martin was beginning to sell planes to sportsmen, and in June delivered two Hydros to the Dutch Government in Java. The flying school continued and instructor Floyd Smith taught two distinguished wealthy sportsmen that year, William Boeing of Seattle, Washington, and Caleb Bragg of New York City, both of whom later brought Martin planes, and Bragg became a stockholder and Vice-President of the Glenn L. Martin Company. On October 27th Oscar Brindley won the Curtiss Marine Trophy event of the year when he flew a Martin TT Hydro 554 miles during that day.

In June 1916 a Martin aircraft engine was announced. It was a 140 H.P., 8 cylinder Vee-type liquid-cooled engine with welded steel cylinders and aluminum crankcase. Reportedly it was the work of Martin, Bragg and Leigh Griffith, but the development was soon dropped. During that spring the Martin Model S tandem, 2-seat Hydro was announced, with a Hall-Scott 6-cylinder engine, and it set a number of new records that year. The Martin Company was then also building Model TT training planes with 4-cylinder Hall-Scott engine on Government orders. In early summer the Martin Model R tractor was announced. It embodied many new improvements, had a 46 foot span and used a 6-cylinder Hall-Scott engine.

During this period Martin's success looked attractive to Eastern financial interests, and through Bragg the Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation was formed in August 1916, taking over his organization and the operation of the California facilities. The group had already purchased the Wright patents and assets of the original Wright Company at Dayton, Ohio, The Simplex Automobile Company of Brunswick, New Jersey, The Wright Flying Field Company of Hempstead, Long Island and the General Aeronautic Company of New York who were foreign sales representatives. At this time Donald Douglas left Martin and went with the Army Air Corps as an aviation consultant.

In the merger Martin was made Vice-President in charge of aircraft development, with an office in New York, but this move was not a happy one. He soon became frustrated, with little authority in the affairs of a large corporation, the financiers knew little about aviation, and practically no progress was made. As a result Martin resigned on August 17th, 1917 and returned to California. The following month 

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