George V. Holloman

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George Vernon Holloman (1902–1946) with Carl J. Crane developed and demonstrated an automatic landing system for airplanes. For their invention they were awarded the Mackay Trophy in 1938.[1] He died in a crash in Formosa in 1946.[2] Holloman Air Force Base was named after him.


  1. ^ "Receive Mackay Trophy. Two Army Captains Made First Automatic Landing in History". New York Times. July 22, 1938. Retrieved 2011-05-28. The War Department awarded the Mackay trophy today to two Army Air Corps officers, Captains Carl J. Crane and George V. Holloman, for developing "the first entirely automatic landing in aviation history" at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. ... 
  2. ^ "Col. G. V. Holloman Listed As Missing In Formosa Crash". New York Times. March 24, 1946. Retrieved 2011-05-28. Col. George V. Holloman whose son C. V. Holloman Jr. lives at 555 Brier St. Kenilworth, NJ. Second Lt. William H. Eunlong Jr. mother Mrs. Margaret L. ...