Slipstream : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AIR CRAFTSMAN
Eugene Edward Wilson ( August 21st, 1887 - July 1988 ) was born in Dayton ( Washington, United States ). Not much is known about his childhood or education before joining the Navy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1908. He served in various assignments as part of his naval career and, in 1930, retired a Commander in the propulsion branch of the Bureau of Aeronautics.
During his time in the Navy, Eugene E. Wilson earned an A.M. Degree from Columbia University ( New York City, New York, United States ) in 1915, and completed pilot's training at Pensacola Naval Air Station ( Florida, United States ) in 1926. While with the Bureau of Aeronautics, he worked closely with Frederick Rentschler ( 1887 - 1956 ), Michael Watters, C.J. McCarthy and Chauncey M. " Chance " Vought ( 1890 - 1930 ) in the development of the Pratt & Whitney " Wasp " engine. From this development evolved the first Vought Corsair and led to successful contracts for the Corsair scout and fighter for the U.S. Navy and foreign production during the 1930 through 1939 period.
After his retirement from the Navy, Eugene E. Wilson joined Hamilton Standard as President. Shortly after the death of Chance Vought, he was appointed Vice - President and General Manager of Chance Vought Aircraft. Under his leadership the reorganization of United Air and Transportation Company, caused by charges of collusion between the Postmaster and the large transport companies, was successfully carried out without seriously affecting Vought production contracts.
Eugene E. Wilson retired as President of Chance Vought in 1939. After retirement, he continued to served on the Board of Directors of United Aircraft and several other companies. Eugene E. Wilson also spent time writing several books on aircraft, aircraft engine development, air power, and procurement.
( sources : www.vought.org, Wikipedia )