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Walter Bird

Biographical Information

Name: Walter Bird
Born on 18 November 1912 in , Cook County, Illinois, USA, North America
Deceased on 6 April 2006 in , Sarasota County, Florida, USA, North America
Place(s) of activity:
1934

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.

1935

Employed at Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Co. designing streamlined railroad cars.

1936

Returns to MIT for a year's graduate work in business and engineering administration under a Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

1939

Employed at Curtiss-Wright Airplane Division in Buffalo, New York as a project stress engineer on the P-40 Warhawk aircraft.

1943

Head of Curtiss-Wright's Research Laboratory, later renamed the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL).

1946

Begins specialized research and development work on air-supported (inflatable) structures at CAL's new Development Division in Buffalo.

1955

Founds his own company, Birdair.

Beginning of the 1980s

Guest lecturer at the University of Buffalo's Department of Architecture.

1981

Retires from Birdair, Inc. as president of the company.

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  • Person-ID
    1000242
  • Date created
    22/08/1999
  • Last Update
    22/07/2014