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action as a business and not as a barnstormer. He had done well that season both [[strikethrough]] by [[/strikethrough]] in accomplishments and financially. He had entered all the major flying events of the 1911 season, was an active competitor and [[strikethrough]] set up [[/strikethrough]] established many "firsts". [[margin]] drawing of a star [[/margin]] Through 1912-1913 he wrote for the aviation magazines and resumed his electrical business. In 1914, Ovington bought one-half interest in the Atlantic City [[strikethrough]] New Jersey [[/strikethrough]] Curtiss Flying Station and became a director of the Curtiss Company. There he again resumed flying, selling Curtiss flying boats, taking fishing parties offshore, carrying passengers and [[strikethrough]] made [[/strikethrough]] making a number of air rescue flights in distress situations. In 1920 Ovington sold those interests and moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he purchased land and started a subdivision. On a part pf it he established the Casa Loma Flying Field which he owned and operated for some time. He also opened an electrical and aeronautical engineering office in Santa Barbara, [[strikethrough]] but [[/strikethrough]] and he continued flying for sport and business. In April, 1926, Ovington took the Southern California dealership for Swallow planes built in Wichita, Kansas. On November 7, 1927, he took delivery of a new Beech OX-powered Travelair plane at Wichita, Kansas, and flew it to California. In 1929 he was connected with the Roam Air Aircraft Corporation of Los Angeles, California, as designer of a new sport plane called the "Roamair". He continues these business activities and by 1932 owned his tenth personal plane. [[strikethrough]] There [[/strikethrough]] Ovington died of heart ailments on July 22, 1936, at age 56. He was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Following cremation his remains were flown offshore at Santa Monica by Art Klien and dropped into the ocean. Planes carrying fellow Early Bird and QB members accompanied the flight. Ovington was a founding member of the Early Birds and, in 1930, was their second president. He was the holder of many valuable electrical patents, a Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, and a member of many clubs. [[strikethrough]] Early Bird [[/strikethrough]] Flying Pioneer Earle L. Ovington was indeed one of the extraordinary flying enthusiasts of the early era. With skilled and determined judgement he had few accidents and set up an early flying record not equaled by many at that time. He was always highly regarded as a gentleman and a real ambassador of flying. 4
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