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This information comes from the biographical information file for pilot Chapline, CC-215000-01, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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George Chapline was born July 9, 1894 in Lincoln, NB. He entered the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1912, graduated in 1916, then entered a varied service in the Navy. He was selected for training in aviation and was transferred to Pensacola in 1920. He became Naval Aviator #2945.

George F. Chapline, ca. 1935

In 1922 he was assigned to post graduate work in aeronautical engineering at the Naval Academy, supplemented by a year at the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia. He completed his post graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1925, and was assigned to organize a ground school for midshipmen at Annapolis.

In June 1927 he was commissioned Lieutenant-Commander and placed in charge of Squadron No. 2 of the U.S.S. California fleet. In the spring of 1928 he was transferred to the Planning Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics where he remained until 1929.

He landed at Tucson during the summer of 1928, on July 20, while still in the Navy as a Lt. Cmdr. He was flying a Vought Corsair, A-7813. He carried as passenger W.A. Russell. Based at the Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA, their itinerary was westbound from El Paso, TX to San Diego.

He resigned the Navy in June 1929 to become service manager for the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, holding this position until promotion to assistant director, then director of sales and service in 1932. In 1934, he became VP in charge of sales.

Just after joining Wright, from October 5-21, 1929, he flew the Wright Company's Whirlwind-powered tri-motor Ford (NX7864, not in the Register) in the Ford Reliability Tour for 1929. He was not competing. Rather, the transport was used to carry press and Wright service personnel. He was busy his first year with Wright, flying 30,000 miles and landing in 42 states as well as points in Canada.

On November 13, 1940, he resigned his post at Wright and took on the responsibility of president and general manager for the Brewster Corporation (manufacturer of Brewster Buffalo). Brewster was ramping up toward war and had $100,000,000 in military contracts to handle.

When WWII came, he returned to the Navy and saw active service in the Pacific as a Captain on Admiral Nimitz' staff. After the war, in 1946, he joined the Ranger Aircraft Engines Division of the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation.

That's all I know about pilot Chapline. If you know more, please let me know.


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