Friday, February 06, 2009

Robert P.Brush 1912-1992

Robert Brush flew with the Army Air Corps in the 30’s; DC-2’s with TWA, then joined Douglas Aircraft in 1939. He became Chief Engineering Pilot in 1944 and was promoted to Director of Flight Operations in 1949. He tested the A-20, Super DC-3, DC-5, A-26, XB-43, C-74, DC-4, DC-6 and DC-7. He made the first flights on the DC-6, L015 and XB-43. At one point in his career he had been hand picked by Howard Hughes to work on his projects with him. He retired in 1975. He spent many of his years in retirement with high performance cars. He bought and restored a 1920 Model A race car of which he tied a world speed record (for that car) in a straightaway in at 121mph. He later restored a T-bird.