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Descriptive Finding Guide for the Arnold, George B. Personal Papers SDASM.SC.10006
SDASM.SC.10006  
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Description
In 1937, George Arnold was in Shien Chaio, China to build an aircraft factory. This collection was assembled by the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Central Aircraft (CAMCO) was located in Shien Chaio, China. This collection contains photographs of factory staff and many Chinese workers and gives an insight into the company's production.
Background
George B. Arnold (1893 – 1956) served as vice president and general manager of Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company (CAMCO) in China, then as an associate with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo and in China. He passed away in Altamonte Springs, Florida, on November 17, 1956. Photographs depict the factory in China and have dates that range from 1934-1939. Born in Madisonville, KY, George Arnold started flying gliders in 1909. After graduating as an engineer from the University of Kentucky, he went to work for the Curtiss Airplane & Motor Co., and in 1925 became factory superintendent of the Buhl Aircraft Co. He then served in various capacities in companies such as B/J Aircraft Co., in Baltimore, Chance-Vought Corporation at East Hartford, as vice president and general manager of Central Aircraft Manufacturing Co. in China, then as an associate with Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo and in China. Starting in 1933, CAMCO began assembling fighter-bombers at a factory in Hangzhou, constructing aircraft that would serve as the backbone of the Chinese Air Force during the first year of the Sino-Japanese War. In 1937, George Arnold was in Shien Chaio, China, to build the aircraft factory. After overseeing operations in Shien Chaio, he returned to the United States were he operated a plant in Miami, manufacturing aircraft parts and other wartime products for the duration of World War II.
Extent
0.36 Cubic feet One (1) box, 12.5” x 10” x 5”
Restrictions
Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers by appointment.