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Lawrence D. Bell - Aviation Pioneer

Lawrence D. Bell (April 5, 1894 - October 20, 1956) devoted 40 years to the aircraft industry. From a barefoot boy in Mentone, Indiana, the town of birth, he became chairman of the board of one of the nation's foremost aircraft firms, Bell Aircraft Corporation. This firm produced such significant aviation contributions as the nation's first jet powered airplane, the world's first commercial helicopter, the world's highest flying airplane, the Bell X-1A, and the first jet vertical take-off and landing plane.

"Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things." Lawrence D. Bell