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Lawrence Dale Bell

Born: Apr 5, 1894

Death: Oct 20, 1956

Birthplace: Mentone

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Lawrence Dale Bell

Date of Birth : Apr 5, 1894
Date of Death : Oct 20, 1956
Birth Place : Mentone

Lawrence Dale "Larry" Bell was an American industrialist and founder of Bell Aircraft Corporation. Bell was born in Mentone, Indiana and lived there until 1907, when his family moved to Santa Monica, California. He joined his older brother Grover and stunt pilot Lincoln Beachey as a mechanic in 1912. Grover Bell was killed in a plane crash the following year, and Lawrence vowed to quit aviation for good; however, he went to work for the Glenn L. Martin Company after friends convinced him to return to the industry. He became Martin's shop foreman at age 20, and later the company's general manager, wanting to become partner. He left Martin in 1928 to join Consolidated Aircraft in Buffalo, New York, eventually becoming vice president and general manager. When Consolidated relocated to San Diego, Bell stayed in Buffalo and founded his own company with 56 employees, Bell Aircraft Corporation, on July 10, 1935. On a government-sponsored "spy tour" to Germany with 44 other industrialists in 1938, he saw the Focke-Wulf Fw 61 helicopter and used the layout of a German aircraft factory for his Niagara Falls plant.


  • Businessperson
  • Business magnate

Also known as

  • Larry Bell
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