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Henry Lowe Brownback, the grandson of T. S. Lowe, was born in June 1891 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In 1912, he received his pilot's license and later received a Masters degree from Cornell University. He went on to work at various motor and engine companies, and eventually became the vice president of the Brownback Motor Laboratories in Norristown, Pennsylvania. From 1925-1929, Brownback was in France, working with Allessandro Anzani. Throughout his life, Brownback held several different occupations including chief machine gun instructor at Cornell University. He also worked as a consulting engineer. Brownback has designed and built many successful airplane engines, and holds patents for airplane engine bearings.




Brownback, Henry Lowe.


bulk 1934-1946


Mrs. Ernst Hain, Gift, 1997


0.23 Cubic feet ((1 box))


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Scope and Contents

his collection consists of photographs, correspondence, brochures and advertisements concerning Brownback Motor Laboratories, Inc. Included here is information on airplane, marine, and automotive motors. Correspondence with and advertisements for the following companies are included: Light Manufacturing and Foundry Company (Tiger Aircraft Engine Division); Auto Engine Works, Inc. (manufacturers of Capitol marine motors); Anzani Aviation Engines; and Hall-Scott Motor Car Company, Inc. Correspondence with Maurice Vasseur, a French motor boat racing champion and manufacturer of airplane propellers is also included in this collection. A Supplementary Instruction Book for the Type A7-a Airplane Engine, an article from Les Ailes May 18, 1946, and the 1938 report of the United States National Museum are included as well. Information on the following engines is included: Hall-Scott A-7-A four cylinder, Tiger, Tiger Junior, Tiger Kitten, Premier Motor, Shark Marine Engines, Lycoming Marine Engines, and six cylinder Aero Motors. Also present in this collection is Brownback's patent application for "Method of Making Bearings, and Product."







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Brownback Motor Laboratories, Inc.

Vasseur, Maurice

Topics Aeronautics
Propulsion systems
Hall-Scott A-7A 4-Cylinder Inline
Brownback Tiger C-400
Brownback Tiger Junion 4-Cyclinder Opposed
Brownback Tiger Kitten 2-Cylinder Inline (Model 20)


Brownback Motor Laboratories, Inc. Collection, Accession number 1997-0069, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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