A Pioneer in Aviation: The Life Story of Brice H. Goldsborough and His Contribution to Aviation Instrumentation

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iUniverse, May 26, 2011 - History - 240 pages
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From an early age, Brice H. Goldsborough exhibited an unending curiosity about the world around him; he was interested in almost anything mechanical, was inquisitive about weather patterns, and yearned to know more about aerodynamics. This lifelong quest for information led him to found Pioneer Instrument Company in New York in 1919, a firm that eventually became one of the world’s largest producers of reliable aviation instruments. In this biography, author Robert Dye, Goldsborough’s great-nephew, tells the story of a man who became an expert in meteorology, navigation, and aircraft instrument design and changed the course of aviation history. Based on personal letters, articles, and news clippings, A Pioneer in Aviation follows Goldsborough’s life as a teen, his time in the navy studying electricity, and his accomplishments, such as establishing China’s first offshore radio station and supervising the construction of Haiti’s first radio station. Detailing one of aviation’s unsung heroes, A Pioneer in Aviation shows the man who designed, built, and installed the instrument panel for The Spirit of St. Louis and flew with Charles Lindbergh during September 1927 and how he came to be associated with other great names in aviation history such as Glenn Curtiss, Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Igor Sikorsky.
 

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I read this book yesterday, it was written by my 1/2 brother Robert, whom I have never known, but met a couple of times about 50 years ago. Some of the stories and the facts in his nicely written book I can validate as true. Brice Herbert was my grandfather, Charles Francis, younger brother. I only knew my grandfather(CF) slightly, his brother and sister were deceased before my birth in 1943. I enjoyed reading this account of this wing of the Goldsborough's. And B. H's creative genius, courage and humor were inspiring.  

Contents

Chapter 1
3
Chapter 2
7
Chapter 3
17
Chapter 4
26
Chapter 5
37
Chapter 6
42
Chapter 7
44
Chapter 8
47
Chapter 27
114
Chapter 28
125
Chapter 29
129
Chapter 30
131
Chapter 31
135
Chapter 32
141
Chapter 33
144
Chapter 34
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Chapter 9
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Chapter 10
54
Chapter 11
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Chapter 12
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Chapter 13
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Chapter 14
63
Chapter 15
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Chapter 16
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Chapter 17
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Chapter 18
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Chapter 19
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Chapter 20
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Chapter 21
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Chapter 22
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Chapter 23
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Chapter 24
103
Chapter 25
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Chapter 26
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Chapter 35
150
Chapter 36
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Chapter 37
159
Chapter 38
165
Chapter 39
168
Chapter 40
172
CHAPTER 41
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CHAPTER 42
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Chapter 43
185
Chapter 44
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Chapter 45
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Chapter 46
201
Chapter 47
205
Chapter 48
213
Epilogue
218
Authors Note
222
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