LWF OWL, 1919
Owl, 1919
Owl Designed by Cato, 1919
text on back of photo by J. L. Cato, 1919
Courtesy of Phyllis Cato Ferguson

Owl, Aero Show
New York Aero Show, Dec., 1919
text on back of photo by J. L. Cato, 1919
Courtesy of Phyllis Cato Ferguson

Owl Christening
Miss H. Hall, daughter of Col. Hall of Wash, D.C., christening the
L.W.F. Govt. Owl at Mitchel Field, Mineola, L.I. May 22, 1920 text on back of photo by J. L. Cato, 1920
Courtesy of Phyllis Cato Ferguson

Cato at LWF Company, 1919

     In June 1919 Mr. Cato was called back to LWF Company as an Aeronautical Mechanical Engineer to assist in some re-design work on the "Owl" mail plane that had crashed and to design a light sport plane. Pictures of these planes can be seen in the Aircraft Yearbook for 1920. This light plane was equipped with a special 60 HP Cato air-cooled engine. The LWF "Owl" was then the largest plane in the world and was used by the Army for two years for heavy bomb test work.

from Biography of Joseph L. Cato
by Major Leland Harp
Courtesy of Phyllis Cato Ferguson

Charles A. Arens at LWF Company, 1916

     In December 1916 he started to work for the L. W. F. Co. of College Point, Long Island, New York, as mechanic. He was with them seven years until they went out of business in 1923. In that time he had the opportunity to work on the first plane to fly with an eight cylinder Liberty motor. He flew as mechanic with Allen Adams, test pilot for L. W. F. Eng. Co. and was injured in the crash that took Adam's life. He also worked on and flew as mechanic on the L. W. F. Owl, built for the U. S. Government. The Owl was powered with three Liberty twelve cylinder motors.
from Early Birds of Aviation website.

LWF Owl on the AeroFiles website
You will find a description of the Owl, with two great pictures,
on the AeroFiles website by clicking on:
from LWF Owl

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