|Born||Melvin Eugene Salvay
15 Nov 1919
|Education||Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute (Glendale CA)|
|Employer||No Am Aviation (Rockwell); Lockheed Aviation (Skunk Works)|
|Known for||Aircraft design|
|Home town||Encino, California|
|Spouse(s)||Betty Mae Goodman|
|Parents||Israel David Salvay, Anna Salvay|
Gene Salvay (born 1919) is an American aircraft engineer.
Melvin Eugene "Gene" Salvay was born in Kansas City Missouri on 15 Nov 1919. Gene's father, Israel David Salvay (b:1889 in Veisiejai, Lithuania) was a fashion designer and pattern maker; his mother, Anna (Kiansky) Salvay (b:1895 in Starodub Russia) worked as a seamstress in order to get her sons, Seymour Nathan Salvay (b:1916; Hump Pilot in WWII and, later, Vice President of Milgram Food Stores, Kansas City, MO) and Gene through high school and training as aeronautical engineers.
Gene graduated Central High School, Kansas City, MO, in 1936. That same year, he won 1st place nationally in the Fisher Body coach-building contest with a model of a horse-drawn carriage. The next year, he won 2nd place nationally in the Fisher Body auto-design contest. He continued his education at Curtiss-Wright Technical School, Glendale [Airport], CA from which he received his engineering degree in Spring 1941: Design courses at Curtiss-Wright were given at the school's campus in Glendale; its more technical engineering courses were given at Cal-Tech.
Salvay went to work for Rearwin, designing the Rearwin Skyranger, later the Commonwealth Skyranger. During World War II, Salvay went to work at North American Aviation in Kansas City developing the B-25 Mitchell.
Salvay partnered with a fellow North American Aviation engineer Stark to design the Salvay-Stark Skyhopper in 1944. Initially planned to be a production aircraft, it became an early post-war Homebuilt aircraft. He also helped develop the Morrisey "Nifty", which was the basis for the later Varga Kachina aircraft.
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