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Smith, Hale G, 1898-1986



  • Existence: 1898 - 1986


Hale G. Smith was born on August 17 in Osage, Iowa. He studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State College from 1917-1918 and 1920-1921. Between 1918-1919, Smith served in the US Army Air Service where he completed a course in Aero Engine Mechanics. Following his graduation from Iowa State College, Smith worked as an assistant to the County Highway Engineer in Mitchell County Iowa (1921-1923), the Monarch Film Company (1923-1925), Curtis Wright Flying Service (1929), Fairchild Aerial Surveys (1929-1932), Aerial Explorations (1932-1937), and Fairchild Aviation Corporation (1937-1949). In 1933, Smith built the first model of hi Flight Trainer and in 1935 he received his first patent for an Area Measuring Device. Additional patents followed for a Ratio Measuring Instrument (1940) and a Reversible Winder for Strip Film (1952). Smith retired in 1970 and died on October 23, 1986.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Hale Smith papers

Identifier: MS-666
Date(s): 1911 to 1980

Hale G. Smith (1898-1986), aircraft engineer and inventor. The collection contains papers relating primarily to his work including his inventions related to aerial photographic equipment, flight training simulator, strip film winder, and area measuring devices and ratio measuring instruments.

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