Rex Buren Beisel (24 October 1893 – February 1972) was an aeronautical engineer who led the design of the Vought F7U Cutlass, Vought F4U Corsair and won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1934 for work related to the cooling of radial aircraft engines. Beisel grew up in Cumberland, Washington, and graduated from Queen Anne High School (Seattle, Washington) and from the University of Washington. He worked for numerous aircraft companies, including Curtiss-Wright, Vought, and United Aircraft Corporation, until his retirement in 1949.
In 1921, while working at the Bureau of Aeronautics, Beisel laid down the design for the TS-1, the first U.S. navy fighter actually built to naval specifications.
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