Hall, Robert L. (interviewee)
From a series of interviews with former employees of the Granville Airplane Company of Springfield, Mass. A 1927 graduate of the University of Michigan, Hall (ca.1906-1991) worked briefly with Fairchild Aircraft Co., before becoming chief engineer at Granville Aircraft: he was designer of the Gee Bee 'City of Springfield' racer. After Granville, Hall worked from Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., where he became a test pilot as well as one of the designers of the F4F Wildcat, the F6F Hellcat, the F8F Bearcat, and the F7F Tigercat. The interview includes Hall's impressions of his first test flight with a Gee Bee sixty years before; work with the Granvilles; Sportster model; Grumman Wildcat; impressions of the Granville brothers.