Benson Shaw
Who's Who in American Aeronautics
Collection of Phyllis Cato Ferguson

     SHAW, B. RUSSELL, Consulting Aeronautical Engineer; born, Coshocton, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1893; son of Benjamin L. Shaw and Mary J. (Kearns) Shaw; married, Alma E. Young, Oct. 2, 1920.
     Educated: Public schools, Coshocton, Ohio and Zanesville, Ohio high schools, Newark, Ohio and Indianap;olis, Ind.; M.E., Marquette University
     Aeronautical Activities: Aeroplane constructor, 1908-1909; taught self to fly, 1910; exhibition aviator, 1910-1903; designed and constructed eight different machines, 1909-1916; constructed and flew one of the earliest commercial flying boats, 1913; redesigned and built first copy of Morane-Saulnier monoplane in America, 1915; Wright Bros. Co. 1916-1917; as draughtsman and later in charge of Engineering Department; transferred to New York as Assistant Designing Engineer for the Wright-Martin Aircraft Corp., supervised the completion of Franco-British Flying Boat with which Caleb Bragg won the Aero Club Cup in 1917; Consulting Engineer, Lawson Aircraft Corp., 1917-1918; Asst. to Final Design Engineer and Asst. Director of Flying McCook Field, 1918-1919; opened consulting offices in New York City, 1919; Consulting Engineer, Lawson Airplane Co., 1920-1921; Consulting Engineer to representatives of Imperial Japanese Navy; inventor and manufacturer of the Vertimeter (rate of climb indicator); automatic electric timer trip; General Manager of the Aeronautical Instrument Co.; General Manager, execuitive Vice-Chairman, Contest Committee, Natrional Aeronautic Association; in charge technical supervision of Detroit, St. Louis, Miami, Dayton and Baltimore Air Races, 1922-1925
     Member: S.A.E., N.A.A.
     Present Occupation: Supt. Ford Airways
     Address: Ford Airport, Dearborn, Mich.


Benson Shaw, Pioneer Airport Builder, Banker
(Washington D. C. Star)

Benson Russell Shaw, 67, who was prominent in early aviation circles, died March 13, in a St. Petersburg (Fla.) hospital.
     Mr. Shaw , who had retired recently, had just arrived in Florida and planned to live in Gulfport.
     He was the first secretary of the defunct National Aviation Association, a job that brought him to Washington for the first time. He also belonged to the Early Birds, an aviation society.
     An aeronautical engineer, he supervised the construction of several airports early in the century, including two in St. Louis and Grand Canyon.
     He returned to Washington before World War II and was vice president of the old Morris Plan Bank.
     In 1942 he entered the Army and served as a lieutent colonel in ordnance.
     He was a native of Coshocton, Ohio.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, July, 1961, Number 66
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