Paul Studenski
EB Meeting, 1958
Pittsburgh, PA
EB Chirp
50-Year Plaque Given to Early Bird

     Long before he became an economics professor and consultant, Paul Studenski of Brentwood, Long Island, was a pilot --- one of the first.
     Last November 12, nearly 200 veteran airmen gathered at the site of the former Roosevelt Field in New York to honor Pilot Studenski on the fiftieth anniversary of his first solo flight.
     Studenski was born in Russia seventy-three years ago. After studying in St. Petersburg and Paris, he came to America in 1911. For the next three years he worked throughout the country as an aviation instructor, test pilot, racer, exhibition flyer, barnstormer and pioneer air pilot. The flights were made in a Bleriot monoplane, a Curtiss biplane and a Beach National biplane.
     In 1914, he gave up professional flying and joined the New York Bureau of Municipal research. He attended evening classes at New york University and received his doctorate in 1921. Dr. Studenski served on the NYU faculty for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 1954. He is now senior fiscal consultant to the New York State Constitutional Revision commission.
     Asked about flying after all his years as a professor, Dr. Studenski said, "You never get it out of your blood."
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, March, 1961, Number 65

The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP, JUNE, 1937
Los Angeles, California - Number 20
     PAUL STUDENSKY, 127 West 82nd Street, New York, professor of economics at New York University, began in aviation in May, 1910, at the Bleriot school at Etampes and soloed in June; Aero Club of France certificate 292, September of that year. From 1911-1913 Studensky flew his Bleriot, or his Curtiss in exhibitions all over the United States.
Early Birds Go To Pitsburgh, 1958
     BACK ROW---(left to right) Ernie Hall, C. B. Tibbs, Blanche Stuart Scott, Paul Studenski, E. B. Gaither, Frank Ellis, Harry Graulich, L. L. Walker, E. A. "Pete" Goff, Andy Heermance, B. W. King, and A. O. Heinrich.
     MIDDLE ROW---Rod Wright, Bill Denehie, Nels Nelson, Charles Patterson, Stan Vaughn, Warren Eaton, Ivan Wheaton, Jack Curran, and William Diehl.
     FRONT ROW---George Scragg, Paul Garber, Ralph Barnaby, Russ Holderman, T. C. Macaulay, and Joe Pallissard.

     If you search for "Paul Studensky +aviation" using the Google search engine, (9-12-03), you will find only one relevant link. However it is a very important one, as you will see below.
     This PDF file, which is found on the National Air and Space website, and which I think was assembled by Kate Igoe, offers a very comprehensive biography, as well as a list of the materials which are in his collection. You can access it by clicking on the title above.

QuickTime VR (QTVR) Artifact Photography at the
National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

     While you are on the website, if you are not already familiar with the project named above, I highly recommend that you visit it by clicking on the title above. The QuickTime VR format allows anyone who has access to the web to look at aircraft, spacecraft and small objects from any angle. Users can also get a 360° view of interiors (cockpits), something most Museum visitors have never been able to see before.You will find examples of a system that enables you to view images of planes from all angles. Quite a fascinating and ambitious project. You will enjoy reading all about it, if your time permits.

     Paul Studenski, aviation pioneer and professor emeritus at New York University, died of a heart attack. He was 73.
     Studenski, who was honored last year on the fiftieth anniversary of his solo flight, lived in Brentwood, N. Y. At the time of his death, he was New York state fiscal consultant.
     Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Studenski came to this country in 1911. He had begun his flying career in France a year earlier, at a time when planes were little more than crates and the men who flew them high adventurers. "It was great exhiliration," Studenski recalled of his first flight. "I felt like that master of all the world up there for twenty minutes."
     For the next four years, he served as instructor, test pilot, racing barnstormer and exhibition flyer. But in 1914, Studenski bowed to the pleas of his wife Esther, and grounded himself.
     He received his doctorate from Columbia in 1921, taught at NYU for twenty seven years, and became an authority in public finances and administration. He has written several books, including "The Income of Nations" and "Financial History of the United States." From 1945-59, he directed the Albany graduate program in public administration.
     In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Vera Zorn, and a son, Dr. Eugene Robert Studenski.
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