Carl S. Bates, designer and builder of early gliders, airplanes and engines, and one of our earliest
pilots, died August 29, 1956 in an Iowa City hospital after an operation which followed a long illness. For many years he resided in
Chicago and only recently went to live with relatives in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Bates is credited with having designed and flown gliders in 1899, and in 1906 he designed and
perfected what was said to be the world's first safe-type gasoline-powered airplane equipped with elevator, three-point landing gear, an
air-cooled motor, metal propeller and wing rudders, the basic essentials found in airplanes today. He devoted much effort in his early
flying days to inventions which promoted stabilized flight. later inventions included various planes and more recently, helicopters, and
he is credited with inventing numerous other things outside the aeronautical field. His entire life was devoted to creative work.
from the CHIRP November, 1956 Number 55