The papers of aeronautical engineer and pilot Maurice Garbell consist of articles, reports and other writing, photographs,
personal corresondence, memorabilia, and other material.
Maurice (sometimes spelled "Maurizio") Adolph Garbell was born in Moscow in 1914 but was a Latvian citizen through his father.
Garbell and his family moved to Germany during the Russian Revolution. There he studied at technical institutions in Heidelberg
and Berlin. In 1933 Garbell moved to Milan to enroll at the Polytechnic Institute where he earned a doctorate in engineering
writing about the design of aircraft engines. He also became interested in soaring, and he earned an instructor license from
the Italian Air Ministry (1935) and participated in numerous gliding meets. Garbell was trainer and vice captain in the national
Italian Glider Team and was part of the team's demonstration flights at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. In 1937 Garbell
was made a Manager of the Research Institute for Motorless Flight in Milan, designing and building three high-performance
sailplanes, one of which won an Italian championship in 1938.
4.5 Linear Feet
(8 boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversize folder)
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