Oral history interview with Eugene E. Wilson 1962


Wilson, Eugene E., 1887-1974 (Interviewee)
Mason, John T., 1909-1998 (Interviewer)
Mason, Elizabeth B (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Eugene E. Wilson 1962
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 Air craft 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.
Collection Name
Naval history project
Businessmen; Air pilots; World War, 1914-1918; Aeronautics, Military--Study and teaching; Aircraft carriers; Aircraft industry; Aircraft industry--Military aspects; Helicopters; Wilson, Eugene E., 1887-1974; United Aircraft Corporation; United States. Navy Department
oral histories
Physical Description
974 pages
Note (Biographical)
Naval aviator, industrialist.
Interviewed by John T. Mason, Jr. and Elizabeth B. Mason on August 6, August 9, August 10, August 13, August 14, August 20, September 17, and October 1, 1962.
Note (Provenance)
Eugene E. Wilson, Gift 1962
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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