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William Whitney Christmas


William Whitney Christmas

William Whitney Christmas
Christmas in 1915
Born William Wallace Whitney Christmas
(1865-09-01)September 1, 1865
Warrenton, North Carolina
Died April 14, 1960(1960-04-14) (aged 94)
Bellevue Hospital
Manhattan, New York City
Cause of death Pneumonia
Education St. John's Military Academy
University of Virginia, B.S. and M.S.
M.D. (1905)
Occupation Physician
Spouse(s) May Norris
Children Whitney Norris Christmas
Parent(s) James Yancey Christmas
Rhoda Gaines

William Whitney Christmas, M.D. (September 1, 1865 – April 14, 1960) was a pioneer aviator and a physician. He was one of many claimants for an early design of the aileron.[1] He was a vice-president of the General Development Corporation.[2][3]


  • Biography 1
  • Aircraft 2
  • Footnotes 3
  • External links 4


He was born in September 1, 1865 in M.D.[3]

He married May Norris in 1899 in Maryland, and they had as their son, Whitney Norris Christmas.

He designed the Christmas Bullet in 1918, the airplane had no wing struts and crashed on the maiden flight, killing the pilot. He then built a second aircraft with the same unstable design which also crashed on the maiden flight, killing the pilot.[4]

In retirement he was still proposing improbable aeroplane designs.[5]

He died at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York City of pneumonia on April 14, 1960.[1]


Aircraft designed by Christmas, some of which never left the drawing board, but most introduced some novel aviation patent or other. (1910: (Dr William Whitney) Christmas Aeroplane Co, Washington DC. c.1912: Durham Christmas Aeroplane Sales & Exhibition Co. 1918: Cantilever Aero Co, Copiague, NY.)[6]


  1. ^ a b "In Memorium".  
  2. ^ "William Whitney Christmas (1865-1960)".  
  3. ^ a b Callie Freed (December 21, 2011). "Mr. Christmas And His Flights Of Fancy".  
  4. ^ "World's Worst Planes: The Aircraft That That Failed".  
  5. ^ "Sky Giant Is Urged By Air Pioneer, 85. Dr. Christmas Plans Plane Like Battleship. His New Paper Dooms Counterfeiters".  
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Eckland, K.O. (2008-08-15). "American airplanes: Ca - Ci". Retrieved 2011-01-28. 

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