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Osbert Edwin Williams
O E Williams Aeroplane Co
 
Williams, was an engineer, responsible for the power plant that provided the electricity for the Laurel and Wyoming Valley Railroad (L. & W.V. RR) near Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1902. In 1907, he resigned his position as Chief Engineer and Electrician, to accept a new position as Superintendent of the power plant for the Delaware, Lakawanna and Western Railroads (D.L. & W. RR) at Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
In the fall of 1911, Calbraith Perry Rodgers made his transcontinental flight. This event was the beginning of Williams’ interest in aviation.
 
1911: O E Williams Aeroplane Co (fdrs: Osbert Edwin & Inez Williams), Scranton PA.
1912: Flying field at Forty Fort PA.
 
Williams held several U.S. patents, and his application for an aircraft windscreen, is accompanied by a 6 January 1912 photo of what is almost certainly the second (or third) incarnation of the Model 1.
 
1914: Williams School of Aviation, Fenton MI.
 
March 1917: Sold local operations to Flint Aircraft Co, Flint MI, and moved to Mobile AL, where a new flight school was established.
 
 


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