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served the Navy as Commander of a troop transport in the Pacific. In 1949 he became interested in the development of a small special automobile. 

Following the war Martin made his home in Paramus, New Jersey where he passed away on February 28, 1956 at age 73. He was a member of the Early Birds, the Masonic Order and a Master Mate of the Mates and Pilots Association and had received many meritorious awards for his noteworthy lifetime achievements.

Early Bird, Flying Pioneer James V. Martin was an unusually gifted man of many occupations who had traveled and lived in many parts of the world. A man of vision, he conceived the basic ideas of several aviation features that have become standard on modern aircraft. Early aviator, plane builder and inventor, his accomplishments were legend and richly deserve a prominent place in aviation history.


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