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 Stadlam remained there until the fall of 1918 when he moved to California and rejoined Allan Lockheed at Santa Barbara, where he became an associate engineer with the Lockheed Aircraft Manufacturing Company. HIs first assignment was to convert twin-engined water plane to a land machine for an attempted cross-country airmail flight to Washington, D.C., on which they were planning to carry special California mail to Postmaster General Burleson. This flight was started on November 23, 1918, andwas terminated by an accident on November 26 at Gila Bend, Arizona. The plane was flown by Ovar Meyerhoffer, carrying L.F. Flint as mechanic. This was to have been the first transcontinental airmail flight. 
 At that time the Lockheed Aircraft Company was building two HS-2L flying boats for the U.S. Navy and developing a small "flivver-type" plane with a special loe-cost, 2-cylinder engine sport for sport flying, called the S01, which was announced in February, 1919. On the initial test flights, made by aviator G.W.Budwig, the little plane exceeded all expectations. This very unusual small single-place biplane embodied many advanced features, probably the most important of which was the newly patented process for producing a thin multi-plywood monocoque fuselage. It was cheaper and stronger than any other form of construction at that time, and proved so satisfactory on this little plane that its use was continued later in the world famous Lockheed Vega airplanes.Due to a bad slump in the aviation industry at that time nothing came of the S-1 venture. Stadlam remained with the Lockheed Aircraft Manufacturing Company until the firm liquidated in 1923, and during this time helped develop and formulate many notable achievements that contributed much to the progress of aviation during that era. Stadlman's co-workers and associates there were Allan and Malcolm Lockheed and J. K. Northrup. 
 From 1923 to 1926 Stadlman spent considerable time trying to exploit the monocoque fuselage pressing process and the study of possible new ideas in   
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