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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Harvey Lippincott


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Message: Harvey Lippincott

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From: lemeeg at

Date: Fri, 03 Jan 1997 12:38:07 UTC


  Thought this would be of interest to the list.  

          January 3, 1997

          Harvey Lippincott, 78, Aviation Museum Founder

               arvey H. Lippincott, a founder and archivist of the New
England Air Museum in Windsor
               Locks, Conn., and a leading expert on New England
aviation history, died Monday, Dec. 30,
          at his home in Hebron, Conn. He was 78. 

          The cause was a heart attack, his daughter Priscilla G.
Lippincott said. 

          Lippincott, who was born in Moorestown, N.J., said that as a
boy, he would visit the air hangar in
          nearby Lakehurst and clean bird droppings from the wings of
airplanes in exchange for free rides,
          according to a 1983 interview with United Press International. 

          A Quaker, Lippincott did not fight during World War II but
instead worked in Europe for Pratt &
          Whitney as a technical representative, installing and
repairing Pratt & Whitney plane engines for the

          He traveled extensively with the 57th Fighter Group of the
Army Air Force, which went to North
          Africa, Germany and Italy. He met his wife, Caroline B. Young,
in Pisa, Italy, where she was
          working for the Red Cross. 

          After the war, Lippincott provided technical assistance to
Iberian Airlines of Spain, and for its
          maiden flight, Franco, the Spanish dictator, demanded that
Lippincott come along, his daughter said.

          He returned to the United States to finish his engineering
degree at the Georgia Institute of
          Technology before working as an airplane engineer for Pratt &
Whitney until the early 1970s, when
          he became the first corporate archivist for its parent
company, United Technologies. 

          After retiring in 1987, he volunteered as the archivist and
exhibits director at the New England Air

          In 1959, Lippincott organized the Connecticut Aeronautical
Historical Association, a group of
          airplane aficionados who founded the New England Air Museum,
which opened at Bradley
          International Airport in 1964, said Michael P. Speciale, the
museum's executive director. 

          Lippincott helped the museum acquire a number of important
aircraft artifacts, including the oldest
          American aircraft to survive, a balloon basket built in 1870
by Silas Brooks, Speciale said. 

          The museum is now the largest aviation museum in the
Northeast, Speciale said, containing about
          140 entire aircraft and thousands of airplane engines and
other artifacts. 

          Donald S. Lopez, deputy director of the Smithsonian
Institution's National Air and Space Museum,
          called Lippincott a leading expert in New England aviation

          Shortly before the Air and Space Museum opened its new
building in 1976, Lippincott, then
          archivist for United Technologies, made a short visit. "He
came down from UTC and read every
          single label to make sure we got everything right," Lopez
said. "It took him five days." 

          Lippincott also played a significant role in getting aviation
museums to work together, in part by
          founding the aviation division of the International
Association of Transport Museums. 

          Lippincott's wife died in 1992. He is survived by a son, Bruce
A., of Eastford, Conn.; two
          daughters, Priscilla G., of Sebastopol, Calif., and Bonnie A.
Lippincott of Lakeville, Mass., and five

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