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James Floyd Smith
Birth: Oct. 17, 1884
Geneseo
Henry County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1956
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Aviation Pioneer, Inventor. Born in Illinois, he began his career in aviation when he borrowed money and built his own aircraft, which he taught himself to fly. In 1912, he became a flight instructor for Glenn Martin at Bennett's bean field, which is the current site of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). During this time, he set three altitude records using a Martin S plane at San Diego in 1915 and was experimenting parachute designs. During World War I, he received his first patent on a parachute, which was a manually operated pack used by the military. After the war, with the advent of more modern high flying aircraft, he formed the Floyd Smith Aerial Equipment Company in San Diego, California. In May 1920, he was issued a patent for the first back pack free type ripcord manually operated parachute. Smith's original ripcord parachute is on display at the Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio and he was awarded the Aero Club of America Medal or Merit. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Valhalla Memorial Park
North Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Portal of the Folded Wings
GPS (lat/lon): 34.18959, -118.35401
 
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Record added: Oct 17, 1999
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James Floyd Smith
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
James Floyd Smith
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James Floyd Smith
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- Heavenly Peace
 Added: Oct. 17, 2016

- nevermore
 Added: Oct. 17, 2014
Because We Never Met Each Other, I Came To Visit You On Here Today, May You Rest In Eternal Peace James.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Oct. 10, 2014
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