Levitt Luzern Custer Papers 1886-1998

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Levitt Luzern Custer Papers, 1886-1998

Levitt Luzern Custer Papers 1886-1998

Levitt Luzern Custer was a Dayton-area aviator and inventor, and an associate of Orville Wright. During his lifetime he engaged in pioneering balloon experiments, served as an official timer for flight trials, collaborated with Orville Wright on various projects, and invented a wide range of mechanical machines from the statoscope to amusement park rides. The collection documents many of Custer's achievements as well as those of other early aviators, such as the Wright Brothers. Information on early aviators such as the Early Birds who flew before 1916 are also preserved. Patents, blueprints, photographs, and correspondence are also a rich source of research.

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Custer, Levitt Luzern, 1888-

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Harris, Harold R., 1897-1989

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Custer Specialty Company

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Wright, Orville, 1871-1948

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Orville Wright was a pioneer aviator. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, 1871 Aug 19. He was a son of Bishop Milton and Susan Catherine (Koerner) Wright. In 1903, with his brother Wilbur, he devoted much of his time to Wright Bros.' flying machine. From the description of Letter, 1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122537770 Biographical Notes Wilbur Wright ...

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Ford, Henry, 1863-1947

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Industrialist and philanthropist Henry Ford, born July 30, 1863, grew up on a farm in what is now Dearborn, Michigan. Mechanically inclined from an early age, he worked in Detroit machine shops as a young man and became an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in 1891. Henry and Clara Jane Bryant, married in 1888, had one child, Edsel, born in 1893. In that same year, Henry tested his first internal combustion engine, and by 1896 completed his first car, the Quadricycle. Ford partnered in ...