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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Eugene Edward Wilson
RLIN number: NXCP88-A133
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Naval History Project
Description: Childhood and education, Montana; United States Naval Academy; Navy Rifle Teams; engineering and gunnery service at sea; Engineering School, Columbia; World War I experiences with Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow; Aviation Mechanics School at Great Lakes; Bureau of Aeronautics; pilot training; Aircraft Squadrons Battle Fleet, 1927; development of carrier task force; resignation from Navy, 1929; United Aircraft Corporation; aircraft industry developments and problems; air-cooled engine; controllable angle propeller; new types of planes; helicopter; airmail contract cancellations; aircraft industry through World War II; postwar industry problems. Impressions of industrial, political, naval, and military leaders, notably Admirals William A. Moffett, Ernest J. King, and Joseph M. Reeves, General William Mitchell, Chance M. Vought, Charles A. Lindbergh, Thomas F. Hamilton, Frederick B. Rentschler, Igor Sikorsky, William Boeing, and James Forrestal.
Extent: Transcript: 974 leaves, Tape: 12 reels, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Open. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1972. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information. Microfiche copy available for purchase. (Columbia University oral history collection, part I, published by Meckler Publishing, Westport, CT).
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1962 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Wilson, Eugene Edward, 1887-1974
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1887
Speaker occupation: Industrialist; Naval aviator
Age at speaking: 75
Document date: 1962
Interviewer: Mason, Elizabeth B.; Mason, John T., 1909-
Organizations discussed: U.S. Navy
Historical events discussed: World War I, 1914-1918
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Air pilots; Aircraft industry; Businessmen; Helicopters; North America; Oral history; U.S. Navy; United States; World War I, 1914-1918
Topics discussed - Other terms: Aeronautics, Military--Study and teaching; Aircraft carriers; Aircraft industry--Military aspects; United Aircraft Corporation; United States--Navy--Bureau of Aeronautics; Wilson, Eugene Edward, 1887-1974
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0019169-14612