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At that time Boeing had his first two planes under construction and the first one was ready to fly in June, 1916, with Munter making the initial flight tests. He flew his test for a pilot license on August 16th and obtained F.A.I. Certificate No. 559 on August 23rd. He remained with Boeing through World War I during which time he served as chief test and demonstration pilot of the several early model Boeing planes. His skill and ability were of material assistance in getting approval of the first military orders for these planes at Pensacola, Florida; Hampton Roads, Virginia; McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio; and San Diego, California. Munter's diligent efforts enabled Boeing to obtain his first orders for planes and get a start in the aircraft business. In 1919 Munter left Boeing to form the Aerial Tours Company of Seattle. In 1935 he founded and became President of the Aircraft Charter Service, Ketchikan, Alaska, where he remained until World War II. From 1942 to 1946 he was a Commander and Staff Operations Officer, United States Naval Air Transport Service. In 1946 he became Vice-President of West Coast Air Lines where he remained until retirement in 1958. He then settled in Walnut Creek, California, where after a long illness he passed away at Pleasant Hill Convalescent Home on May 24, 1970, at age 76. He was survived by his wife and a daughter. Munter was one of the founding members of the Early Birds in 1929. He belonged to the National Aeronautic Association, and held Commercial License No. 2599. Flying Pioneer, Early Bird Herbert A. Munter devoted his entire lifetime to aviation. Airplane builder, self-taught aviator, Naval officer, he contributed much to the progress of United States aviation history. As Boeing's first employee he assisted greatly in laying[[insert]] the early foundation [[strikeout]]of[[/strikeout]] for the great industry [[insert Boeing]] has become today. 2.
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