David K. Stone: Isaac M. Laddon
Artist: David K. Stone
From the Admiral Flying Boat to the mighty B-36, Isaac Laddon designed a long line of aircraft. Born in Garfield, New Jersey, on December 25, 1894, Laddon graduated from McGill University and, in 1917, joined the U.S. Air Service Experimental and Engineering Test Center at McCook Field in Ohio. The young engineer learned his trade quickly, and became design chief for all large aircraft development. In 1927, Laddon moved to Consolidated Aircraft Company where he produced his major aircraft designs. His first important success was the Admiral Flying Boat. This innovative aircraft, the first in a series of Consolidated's well-known seaplanes, is depicted on this Commemorative Cover. His second major success was the B-24 Liberator. The U.S. Army ordered these four-engined, long-range bombers in March 1939. By December they soared through the sky, and soon became popular with Allied pilots because of their tremendous bombing range. Almost seven years later, Laddon's B-36, with a wing span of 230 feet, a length of 162 feet and a maximum speed of over 435 miles per hour, inspired the slogan, "peace through air power." Throughout his productive career, Laddon personally worked on each design and, as an expression of faith, flew with each plane on the preliminary test flight.
This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood® Isaac M. Laddon Commemorative Cover postmarked December 25, 1979. 3265
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