Charles Galomboshe
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GALOMBOSHE, Charles (proper spelling possibly "Galambosy")

Stella Randolph typed notes, July 15, 1934 - "Your father" refers to Gustave Whitehead

Did not ever see Mr. Whitehead fly. He said, however, that he started his experiments in Pittsburgh, and he (Mr. Galenbushe) worked with him there. Both came to Bridgeport; about 1901 or 02 when Mr. Galenbushe came. He recalled the beginnings of the helicopter, but accounted for not having seen any of the flights by saying that he had returned to Pittsburgh for a time. He said he recalled one time when Beach's son watched Mr. Whitehead going out on his machine, and the Beach boy scornfully asked, "Where do you think you are going?" "Never mind where I am going," said Mr. Whitehead. "Get behind and push." The boy was urged by his father to enter Mr. Whitehead's shop at night once; they pushed up a window and the boy was sent in to take away a motor Mr. Whitehead had constructed.

I recall starting once to test out a machine, but we struck a bridge and was damaged. We were going about 90 miles an hour, and I got so excited I could not see where we were going. I was doing the steering. One engine he built was about 35 lbs. in weight and it would drive at 18 r.p.m. (sic) or about 12 h.p. He shipped a number of these to California. They were two-cylinder type.

Your father had the idea for the Pratt-Whitney motor long before they developed it, but he gave out too much advance information about it. He explained about it in a circular. He always made his own patterns and most of the parts himself. He started in pittsburgh (sic) with a steam engine. His experiments there were so dangerous and noisy they chased people out of their houses. But everyone was interested in it.

Burridge was the man who took the shop away from your father when he did not succeed fast enough for him. Your father made a box plane for Burridge.