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where he remained until March, 1927. During that time Stupar won several awards for plane designs submitted to the Army and Navy. In 1927 he became an estimator and production consultant for the Curtiss Company at Buffalo, and remained there until 1940 when he left to join Bell Aircraft, first at the Buffalo plant then transferred to Mariette, Georgia where he was Chief of the Planning Department. While employed there Stupar was killed in a plane crash at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, on November 27, 1944, while on a flight from Marietta to Buffalo by way of Dayton, in a Bell twin-engine plane flown by Colonel Carl A. Cover. Both were instantly killed when they hit an unseen high tension electric line. Stupar was 59 and survived by his wife and five children, one by a former marriage. He had become a member of the Early Birds in 1930. Flying Pioneer, Early Bird Max Stupar devoted a very active lifetime career to aviation progress in the United States, starting from the very early period to become a noteworthy figure in the rapidly growing industry. While he apparently did little flying, his contributions to the growth and development of aviation are legend and will long be remembered in American aviation history. 3
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