Fred H. Rohr
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Frederick Hilmer "Pappy" Rohr
As an employee at Ryan Aeronautical Company Fred Rohr was a sheet metal foreman working on Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. His team hand-formed the cowling, fairings, and gas and oil tanks. He was one of 'the Nighthawks' that worked many nights to complete the final assembly of Lindbergh's plane. Fred later remarked "I'm proud because the first cowling I ever made is in the Smithsonian Institution, I mean the cowling on the Spirit of St. Louis. I made it and it's in the Smithsonian" (Rohr, 1990).
Fred Rohr and four of his associates found Rohr Aircraft Corporation on August 6, 1940 in his San Diego garage. Rohr served as President and General Manager. He believed that there "was a clear role in this surging aircraft industry for a manufacturing subcontractor that could provide the prime aircraft builders with major structural assemblies" (Rohr, 1990).
He served as President from 1940-1956 (Rohr, 1990).
He was Chairman of the Board from 1956 until his death in 1965 (Rohr, 1990).
Rohr Industries, Inc. A Pioneer in Aeronautics, 1940-1990. September, 1990.
Source: Rohr Industries, Inc. A Pioneer in Aeronautics, September 1990.
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