Max F. Stupar
                                          Courtesy of Max Stupar, Jr.

Max Stupar, Sr.
"Max Stupar, Sr. (1885-1944) and other Slovenian aviators will be the subject of a thorough, documented study in a future chapter on Slovenian contributions to aviation and space programs. Here, suffice to say that when Stupar died in a plane accident in 1944, The Atlantic Journal and other media hailed him as the "father of mass airplane production" in America and the world."
Edited by Edward Gobetz
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Kent State University,
with the assistance of
Milena Gobetz and Ruth Lakner
Collection of LaVerne Erhardt

via email from Wesley Stupar, 6-26-11
Dear Ralph
     Thank you so much for sharing your find with me. I agree that the Internet is a valuable tool for any undertaking nowadays. I do worry a little bit however, about some of the other changes it is bringing to our society. But progress is inevitable, and as a man of faith, I believe that God loves us and it will all turn out well in the end.
     By the way, the plane that crashed in Dayton, killing my father and Carl Cover was piloted by Carl Cover and not by my father. It was a twin Beach.
      I became a pilot in my younger years, but I have not flown in about 15 years. I'm 79 now. I attained Private Multiengine Land using a UC-78 twin Cessna that my wife and I rebuilt. We flew it from our home in California to visit my older brother Max Jr. in Florida and to New Jersey and New York where I worked for some time.
Best of success in your project,
Wes Stupar
     Greetings to the following new members elected July 10, 1930. Among them you will find some long-lost bird who is still in the ring and going strong.
     Max F. Stupar, 5 Olsen Place, Hempstead, New York, production engineer with Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co. Demoiselle manufacturer 1910.
from CHIRP - Bulletin 6 - HOTEL CARLTON, WASHINGTON, D.C. - 1 August, 1930
courtesy of Steve Remington - CollectAir

Max F. Stupar
Contributed by Wesley Stupar
Hi Ralph,

I am moving and I ran across a Linotype slug of the Early Birds. I am Wesley Stupar, the second of three sons of Max F. Stupar. The slug was left to me in my fatherís possessions. I donít know if the slug is of any value to anyone, but since you seem to be the person carrying on the tradition, at least on the Internet, I thought I would let you know about it.

Editor's Note:I thank Wesley for sharing a photo of this bit of memorabilia with us. This emblem was seen on all sorts of official pins, caps, papers and even license plate holders.

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