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Above: Floyd Carlson (right) and Joe Mashman (left) are shown in the third Bell Model 30, known as Ship 3.

camera. Photos: Courtesy of the Mashman Aviation History File

From this job he earned enough money to enroll in the Armour Institute of Technology, which later became the Illinois Institute of Technology. While at

the Armour Institute, Mashman

majored in civil engineering. During his second year of college, he was able to save up enough money to get a half hour flight

Aeronca K. Mashman was immediately hooked on aviation. Money was tight and he had to save his lunch money to pay for flight lessons. He

eventually got his private pilot’s license,

although he did not immediately enter the avia- tion business. The death of his father forced him to leave college during his senior year to help support his family.

Despite not having a degree,

Mashman got a civil engineering job building a Veteran’s Hospital in Tennessee. After only a few months on the job, he knew that civil engineer- ing was not for him and decided to pursue a career in aviation. He borrowed money to sup-


port his mother and enrolled in the government’s Civilian Pilot Training program or CPT. CPT was designed to build up a pool of pilots and instruc- tors to help support the aviation industry. Mashman already had a private pilot’s license and through this program he was able to add com- mercial and instructor ratings to his resume. After finishing the CPT program in Indianapolis, he became an instructor for Roscoe Turner’s fixed base operation there.

In 1941, Mashman returned

to Chicago and took a job as an instructor with the Sturgeon Flying Service based at Sky Harbor Airport in Northbrook, IL. In 1943 a Bell Aircraft representative came through the area looking for test pilots and offered him a job. His engineer- ing background and flight

instructor experience

made him a good candidate. Mashman accept- ed and moved to New York to begin working for Bell.

Joe Mashman’s first assignment with Bell 22

In the back-

ground is the B-29 that was used to carry the Bell X-1 to altitude. Opposite: In this November of 1946 photograph, Joe Mashman demonstrates the lifting ability of the third Bell Model 30. Mashman is at the controls on the far left.

Arthur Young, the inventor of the Bell Helicopter, stands on the far side facing the

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