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which proved very successful. In July this venture was reorganized and became the Simplex Aircraft Corporation at New Haven. The incorporaters were V. J. Mayo, C. M. Vought and Steve MacGordon. Two additional model planes were planned but apparently nothing of note came from the enterprise. Reportedly the original plane was sold to the British Government, and Vought joined the Curtiss Company at Buffalo, New York as Design Engineer where he assisted in the design of the large Model H-8 Curtiss flying boat. On March 14, 1916 Vought became a member of the Aero Club of America. During mid-1916 the New York financial group that had previously purchased the complete assets of the original Wright Company from Orville Wright made a deal with Glenn L. Martin of Los Angles, California to merge the two companies. Known as Wright-Martin its holdings included the Wright factory at Dayton, Ohio, the basic Wright patents, the Wright Field Company and flying school at Hampstead, New York, the Martin factory and organization at Los Angeles, and the Simplex Automobile Company, New Brunswick, New Jersey, who were starting to build Hispano-Suiza engines under license from France. Vought left Curtiss shortly thereafter and joined Wright-Martin to design a new plane and supervise the construction at the Dayton shop. This was known as the Wright-Martin Model V and was again an excellent 2-seat tandem tractor biplane of 38 foot span, powered by a Model A 150 H.P. Hispano engine. It was successfully flown after completion at Dayton in January, 1917. Due to its success Vought was made Chief Aeronautic Engineering Executive for the new Corporation. At that time Vought longed for his own company and felt confident he could made a success of one. The planes he had designed had all been successful and his talents and ability were generally recognized, and he was nationally known and highly respected throughout the aviation fraternity. Pursuing his desire, he formed the Lewis and Vought Aeroplane Company on June 18th, 1917, financially assisted by his father-in-law, Birdseye B. Lewis, who was a wealthy New York sportsman and licensed Wright pilot. This was the beginning of the present day 4
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