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-5- Arrowplane Corporation, combined with an untimely ruptured appendix which nearly cost Waterman his life and resulted in a year's illness. The C.A.A. Civilian Pilot Training Program had just come into being when Waterman had recovered physically enough to stagger out for a few hours each day and he was offered a position of teaching Ground School at Pasadena College. This looked like a good thing to recover on and he took this job, which later developed into quite an extensive activity from which Waterman became Coordinator of Civilian Pilot Training for that praticular area. He stayed with this program for the first two years of World War Two, and then resigned to become Chief Engineer of Convair's Research Division at Dearborn, Michigan. Here he was associated with one of his long time friends, Wm. B. (Bill) Stout, who was their Director of Research. Just before the end of the war, Waterman wanted to get back to the West Coast, where some of his activities were still centered. He announced that he was retiring from anything particularly active, although he has been just as active in various pursuits as before his stated retirement. He has built, test-flown and delivered to the Smithsonian Institution a reproduction of the Waterman Arrowbile, which they had been desirous of obtaining. It was shipped back to them in a C-119 Flying Fox Car on March 24, 1961. As a hobby Waterman has done a great amount of yachting, and in recent years has concentrated his activities on sail boat racing. His forty-one foot fiberglass hulled sloop Lady Godiva is well known in Southern California yacht racing circles, where he has won many races, including first in his class in the huge Newport to Ensenada Race in 1961. In 1958 he placed fourth over-all in the San Diego to Acapulco Race, skippering his new and virtually untried Lady Bountiful. Waterman and his wife, the former Carol Coulter of San Francisco, recently celebrated their forty-fifth wedding anniversary. They have a married daughter, Jane Waterman Blackwell of Santa Monica, and two grandchildren, Carol and Nell. These two youngsters are avid sailors and frequently have great times visiting their grandparents, with the sailing activity around them. As has been noted, Waterman still flies, and is currently certified as a Commercial Pilot, and is very jealous of his status as the senior winged aircraft pilot in the U.S.A., if not the world. He made his last solo flight, at this writing, on July 31, 1962, over fifty-three years after his first solo. He has always been active in organizational work dealing with the advance of aviation, and has frequently held executive offices in many such organizations. These include Aero Club of San Diego, 1910; Aero Club of Southern Calif., 1919-1922; Professional Pilots Assn., 1925-1935, President 1926; Southern Calif. Chapter National Aeronautic Assn., 1925-1940, President 1937; Southern Calif. Air Industries Assn., 1925-1940, Vice-President, 1938; Early Birds, 1929-present, Vice-President 1938 and 1961, and OX-5 Club of America, "Mr. OX-5" 1961. He has also been a member of Aviation Breakfast Club, Devil's Dozen, Society of Automotive Engineers, Alpha Eta Rho, Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (Associate Fellow), and a Charter Member of the American Helicopter Society. Yacht Club memberships include San Diego, Santa Monica and South Coast Corinthian.
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