Beautiful RARE certificate from the Verville Aircraft Company
issued in 1930. This historic document was printed by the Security Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with the company name centered on top. This item has the signatures of the Company’s President, Alfred V. Verville and Treasurer/Secretary, S. E. Poole and is over 79 years old.
The Verville Aircraft Company was a Detroit, Michigan based manufacturer of small airplanes and flying boats, which became bankrupt during the Great Depression. Alfred V. Verville started the corporation after working for multiple aviation companies. An innovative corporation, it could not survive the difficult financial crisis of the early 1930s. The Verville Aircraft Company was located at 4815 Cabot Street, Detroit, Michigan, occupying the former Rickenbacker plant. Verville Aircraft was organized by Walter Briggs, Sr., president and chairman of Briggs Manufacturing Company. Barney Everett (Everitt) served as the president of the company.
The first dedicated passenger plane that Verville Aircraft produced was the Verville Air Coach.
After being acquired by Briggs, the manufacturer produced a light plane followed by the construction of two others.
The following designers worked for Verville Aircraft:
Louis G. Meister
Edgar A. Goff, Jr.
Myron E. Zeller
Charles S. Knight (test pilot)
Alfred Victor Verville was born on November 19, 1890 in Atlantic Mine, Michigan. His career as an aircraft designer and builder spanned nearly fifty years, during which his genius and vision enabled him to influence the advancement of aviation during its formative years. Verville joined Curtiss Airplane Company in 1914, and he aided in the design of many Curtiss planes, including the first ""Jenny"" training plane, and the Curtiss F Flying Boat.
In 1915 he organized the General Airplane Company of Detroit, producing the Verville Flying Boat and the Verville Twin Float Pusher. After WWI broke out, Verville joined the U.S. Army Service. In 1920 the young engineer gained national prominence when his Verville-Packard Racer won the first Pulitzer Speed Classic Trophy. After touring Europe with Gereral Billy Mitchell to assess the development of aviation there, Verville was asked by General Mitchell to design an airplane for the Air Service entry in the 1922 National Air Races.
Verville designed the Verville-Sperry Racer. This plane was one of the first airplanes with retractable landing gear. Though it did not win the race, with some adjustments, it flew away with the 1924 Pulitzer Speed Trophy. The true importance of the Racer design was recognized in 1961, when it was selected as one of the twelve most significant aircraft of all time. In 1925 he organized the Buhl-Aircraft Company, producing the Buhl-Verville Airster. In 1927 he organized the Verville Aircraft Company, producing the Verville Coach, AT Trainer, and YPT-10.
He served as engineer and consultant with Douglas, Curtiss Wright, and Snead aircraft companies, and Drexel Aviation, and he contributed 16 years of service to the Federal government, primarily with the Bureau of Aeronautics, before retiring in 1961. Alfred Verville has been honored with ten Certificates or Letters of Commendations from the U.S. Armed Forces. He was a Honorary Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and was named an Elder Statesman of Aviation in 1956.
He held eight aeronautical patents. In 1985 a commemorative air amil postage stamp was issued in his honor. Historic and rare early aviation certificate. Born on November 16, 1890 in Atlantic Mine, Michigan. His career as an aircraft designer and builder spanned nearly fifty years, during which his genius and vision enabled him to influence the advancement of aviation during its formative years
Planes designed by Verville
Verville Sperry M-1 Messenger
Verville's 2nd and 3rd Plane in 1915 while at General Aeroplane Company
Verville Sport Trainer
Verville R-3 Racer
Buhl-Verville CA-3 Airster
Verville Sperry M-1 Messenger - this plane is on display in the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Verville Sport Trainer - this plane is in storage in the Smithsonian Institution system, its engine was a Packard DR-980
General Aeroplane Company
Verville Flying Boat (1916)
2 passenger, open cockpit, biplane flying boat
100hp Curtiss OX-5 or Maximotor pusher
Mahogany hull and wing floats constructed by Mayea Boat Co (Detroit)
a two seater, open cockpit, floatplane, bi-plane with a 80hp Le Rhône pusher engine
similar to Gamma S, but with wheels
Twin floats were replaced with wheels for winter operations off the ice of Lake St Clair
Verville VCP Fighter & Verville Racer Aircraft
Verville-Clark-Pursuit 1 & 2 (aka VCP-1 & VCP-2)
two VCP-1 and two VCP-2 built
VCP-1 redesignated VCP-1A & R-1 Racer, VCP-2 redesignated PW-1 & PW-1A
while at Engineering Division & Aeronautical Systems Center of Signal Corps -
Post-War, November 11, 1918 to September 1919
Verville R-1 Racer (1920) (aka Verville-Packard R-1 or VCP-R)
Function: racing, crew: 1, engines: 1x 638hp Packard 1A-2025 V-12
On November 27, 1920, Capt. Corliss Moseley, flying a Verville-Packard VCP-R racer won the Pulitzer Trophy Race at Mitchel Air Force Base with maximum speed 177mph
while in Air Service
Verville-Sperry R-3 Racer (1922)
participated in the 1922,23,&24 Pulitzer Trophy Races, won first place in 1924
YPT-10 (1925-48), Primary Trainer
Similar design to Verville Sport Trainer AT
while at Air Corps
Buhl-Verville CA-3/CW-3 Airster (also known as the J4/J5 Airster or B-V Airster)
CA-3 Airster, 200hp Wright J-4 engine
CA-3A Airster, 225hp Wright J-5 engine
CW-3 OX5 Airster, 90hp Curtiss OX-5 engine
CW-3 Wright Trainer, 220hp Wright J-5 engine (short military trial)
Verville Aircraft Company
Verville Air Coach (1929)
Model 102 (104-W, Warner Engine)
Model 104-P (Packard Diesel Coach)
Verville Smithsonian Fellowship
A fellowship was established in his name at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which is a competitive nine- to twelve-month in-residence fellowship for researching the history of aviation. The fellowship includes a $50,000 stipend with limited additional funds for travel and miscellaneous expenses.
Candidates for the fellowship should pursue programs of research and writing that support publication of works that are scholarly in tone and substance. These materials should appeal to an audience with broad interests. Outstanding manuscripts resulting from this program may be offered to the Smithsonian Institution Press for publication.
History from Wikipedia and OldCompany.com (old stock certificate research service).