PERSONNEL: Changes of the Week, may 25, 1953

¶ Glenn Luther Martin, 67, quietly bowed out of the— aircraft company he founded 46 years ago. A pioneer planemaker, Martin, at the age of 23, built his first ship in an abandoned church and taught himself to fly it. As "The Flying Dude," he barnstormed the U.S., racked up a number of aviation firsts. His planemaking company turned out the first two-engine bomber, went on to make the famed Clippers, dive bombers and carrier planes. In World War II, Martin plants built the 6-26 medium bomber and the wide-ranging PBM patrol bombers. Falling upon hard times at war's...

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