Carter Tiffany
Carter Tiffany
at Golden Anniversary
of First Successful Military Plane, 1959
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP
January 1960, Number 62

via email from "Ardien4",. 9-29-06
     Carter Tiffany, who worked with Anthony Fokker from 1929 on, was my uncle, and in my childhood I heard stories from my Grandmother, Helen Carter Tiffany, of her oldest son's adventures in flying, instructing during WWI, and working with Fokker. (She lived in Laguna Beach from the 1920s until the end of her life, and I was a frequent visitor, especially in the summer; and I was born and mostly grew up in Pasadena.)
      I am about to write my cousin, Carter's daughter, Anne Tiffany, who lives in Annapolis, to ask her if she knows about your site and wants to get in touch with you. (I don't even know if she has a computer, so I'll be using snail mail.)
     I have a framed copy of an ink drawing by Tony Fokker of a seaplane swooping low over a lighthouse with two fisherman (The copy is signed by Fokker.) This hung on the wall in my grandmother's house for many years, and I ended up with it because everyone knew it was one of my favorite pictures.

From CHIRP, January, 1944 Number 32
     CARTER TIFFANY, (1896-), 116 Lincoln Street, Englewood, New Jersey, associate of late EB Tony Fokker, soloed a JN4 at Buffalo in October, 1916 and holds Aero Club Certificate 605
     After seeing Wilbur Wright fly up the Hudson from Governors Island during the Hudson-Fulton celebration of 1909, young Tiffany could scarcely contain himself. Frm then until 1913 he built seven gliders, and made both towed and free flights.
     By 1916 he had saved enough for instruction at the Curtiss schools. Three months after graduation he was passed by Tex Millman as civilian instructor for the A.S.S.O.R.C., but Captain Mike Kilner urged him to apply for a reserve commission and he was called to duty in April or May of 1917. After promotion to First Lieutenant in July, he happened upon an unfortunate landing and was eventually physically disqualified for flying; so he went on engineering duty.
     In 1920 he flew the Norman-Thompson boat and a Curtiss Seagull in Japan; later, an OX-5 Standard and a Buck Weaver Canuck conversion on the meadow circuit through Pennsylvania and Ohio.
     He next joined C.W. Webster and Ned Ballard in the Curtiss Aeroplane Export Company, and in 1925 built a light plane with a Harley-Davison motorcycle engine, which flew several times before the engine fell apart. In 1926 there was the Reynolds Airways vice-presidency and general managership, operating Fokkers and Wacos.
     In December 1929, he joined Tony Fokker and toured Europe with him, reporting on plants and handling his foreign and domestic affairs until his death in 1939. At present Tiffany is interested in Air Cruisers Incorporated.

Carter Tiffany died in 1977
From The Early Birds of Aviation ROSTER, 1996
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