Frank Henry Russell papers, 1901-1947

Russell, Frank Henry, 1879-1947


3.15 cubic ft. (9 boxes).
The Frank Henry Russell papers contain correspondence from Russell's professional and personal life and photographs of airplanes, a destroyed airplane hangar in Hempstead, NY, people in the aviation industry, and photographs from the Army Air Service. Also included are Russell's day-by-day diaries, biographical material, and speeches related to the airline industry by Russell.
Frank Henry Russell's career in aviation began when he went to work for the Wright brothers in 1909, after seeing one of their flights. He was appointed the first factory manager of Wright Company in January 1910. He moved to Burgess Aeroplane Company as manager in 1911. During the first World War he supervised the manufacture of amphibious and training planes for the U.S. military. After Glenn H. Curtiss absorbed Burgess into his Curtiss Engineering Corporation in 1915, he made Russell manager of the Long Island, New York plant. He became vice president of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company in 1920 snd pioneered the manufacture of aircraft that became the combat planes of the 1940s. He retired from Curtiss in 1931 to be the vice president and director of the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company, which pioneered the development of light weight stainless steel diesel powered and electric powered trains. Russell organized Manufacturers Aircraft Association in 1917 and was its president until his death in 1947.
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