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Charles Willard

Charles Willard


Charles Willard (1883-1977) was a Harvard graduate and race car driver who was one of the first students taught to fly by Glenn Curtiss. At the 1910 Los Angeles Air Meet, Willard won the spot landing contest and picked up $250 in prize money for this feat. Following the Air Meet, Willard worked on ground to air radio telephones, became the chief engineer for Glenn Martin, and designed flying boats with Glenn Curtiss. Willard stayed involved in aviation until his death in 1977 at age 94.