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Less than two years after the XR-4 had been accepted the XR-6 was fly- ing. This aircraft had much improved performance, capability and reliability. On March 2, 1944 Gregory flew an XR-6 on a nearly 400 mile nonstop flight from Washington National Airport, DC to Patterson Field, OH. This flight unofficially broke three world records for distance, duration and speed (Gregory, 1944).


Gregory


left Wright Field in 1945 and went on to hold various jobs in intelli- gence, operations and policy mak- ing. During the later part of his career he graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, Industrial College of the Army Forces and Strategic Intelligence School (Official Air Force Biography, 1956). Later assign- ments included being a member of the Air Force contingent on the Aeronautical Research and Development Board, senior mili- tary member in the Office of the


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Chief Scientific Advisor and as an air attaché in Paris.


After being


promoted to brigadier general, Gregory’s last assignment was as the Commander of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. In 1958, Frank Gregory retired from the Air Force as a brigadier general. Gregory moved to Tulsa, OK, initially working as a vice pres- ident for Midwestern Industries, which eventually became the Telex Corporation. Later jobs included president of the Tulsa based Crane Carrier Corporation and president and chairman of the board of the World Resources Corporation (Obituary, 1978). Gregory died in 1978 and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery. He compiled


an impressive list of military and civilian awards which included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal and French Legion of Honor. In 1944, Gregory was given


IN 1937, THE ARMY BOUGHT SEVEN MORE AUTOGYROS


AND GREGORY WAS CHOSEN TO HEAD UP A NEW SCHOOL TO TRAIN THE PILOTS NEEDED FOR A MORE EXTENSIVE AUTOGYRO TEST AND EVALUATION PROGRAM.


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