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Donald Hall, the visionary chief engineer of the Spirit of St. Louis, played a critical role in the aircraft’s historic journey. With a mission to complete the project in an astonishing 60 days, Hall convinced Mahoney to expedite the schedule, surpassing the initial 90-day agreement.
As both chief engineer and parts checker, Hall’s commitment was unmatched. Rising at 6 am, he documented and inspected the progress made overnight, capturing each crucial step. With his Production Manager, Hawley Bowles, his meticulous attention to detail ensured the flawless assembly of the aircraft.