Aeronautics Pioneer Theodore Windel Large Passport 1915

THEODORE WINDEL a pioneer engineer in aeronautics who made significant invention for today’s airplanes. I couldn’t find much on his biography but he was born in Germany. Honored later by NASA for his his invention.

T. WINDEL, AUTOMATIC STABILIZER FOR AEROPLANES, APPLICATION FILED OCT.8, 1912, Patented Nov. 18, 1913 THEODORE WINDEL, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
To all whom, it may concern Be it known that I, Theodore Windel, a citizen of the United States, and resident of the borough of Brooklyn, in the county of Kings and State of New York, have invented certain new and- Improve: Automatic Stabilizers for Aeroplanes, of which the following is a specification…

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Aviation was a pretty new field in the early 20th Century but you already could find several newsletter articles about this topic and it’s inventors. The following two are from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Oct 1, 1911) and  Milwaukee Sentinel ( Jan 28, 1914).

 

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The Passport

Windel’s passport is in excellent condition with an interesting photo showing him with hat, large U.S. seal, large folio and with a visa including large colorful seal from Venezuela. The passport was issued in October 1915. The Venezuelan visa is from Oct 1915 as well.

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Aeronautics Pioneer Theodore Windel Large Passport 1915