Jun. 15, 1966 San Jose Santa Clara County California, USA
Robert Grant Fowler was an early aviation pioneer.
Early Bird Trustee R. G. (Bob) Fowler drove racing cars before he started piloting airplanes.
A native of San Francisco, Fowler entered the auto business early in life. He got interested in auto racing and won a number of events between 1903 and 1911. In the meantime, he had begun flying and in 1911 got instruction from the Wrights and entered a $50,000 race across the U. S. He recalls, "I was the first to start and the last to finish --- spent 112 days en route." After organizing the LWF Company at New York in 1916, Fowler started the Fowler Airplane Corp. in San Francisco. The company built 275 training planes for the Signal corps. After World War I, he turned to passenger carrying in the S. F. area in a Bluebird plane, and was the first person to make a west-to-east transcontinental flight in stages.
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Link to information on the Robert Fowler memorial statue in Yuma, Arizona - http://www.earlyaviators.com/efowler3.htm
Link to Wikipedia information on Robert Fowler - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Fowler