Milestones, Dec. 11, 1950

Died. Walter Herschel Beech, 59, aircraft tycoon; of a heart attack; in Wichita, Kans. After serving as an Army pilot in World War I, Beech barnstormed the country as a stunt and race pilot, in 1932 formed Beech Aircraft Corp., which specialized in small private craft, lost money until World War II, when he piled up a fortune making training planes and airplane parts for the U.S. Government.

Died. John Douglas MacGregor, 74, who as vice president and general manager of Pan American-Grace Airways established (1929) the first air route connecting North and South America; in Santa Monica, Calif.

Died. Louis Leon Ludlow,...

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