Clarence Flora

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Nasceu em Corinth, New York em 29 de dezembro de 1924.

Graduou-se em Engenharia Aeronáutica pelo Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute em agosto de 1944.

Em 1961 lecionou Projetos de Aeronaves para os 3 alunos de AERON da Turma de 1962 do ITA.

Faleceu em Seattle, Washington em primeiro de março de 2016.


No final de 2004, escreveu o seguinte por ocasião das comemorações do 60 anos de formatura de sua turma:

"I really don’t have much to add to the report I sent you for the 50th newsletter. I got my degree in August 1944, with the few other surviving civilian class members. I then worked for Grumman for a little less than a year, wanted to get into aerodynamics, but there were no openings at Grumman. Jim Decker,'45 AE, who had gone to Martin, talked me into applying there. I worked there for only about 5 months when I became seriously ill. I was unable to work for more than two years. In the fall of 1948, I was accepted into graduate school and became a TA, largely through the good offices of Prot A.J. Fairbanks. I was promoted to Instructor, and worked full time teaching in the next two years, which is why it took the academic years 1948-51 to get a Masters in Aero. It was an interesting time, with many G.I. bill students on campus.

I then got a job at Boeing in Seattle where I worked from 1951-59, and 1962 until retirement in 1988, which I described in my previous letter 10 years ago. The 1960-61 period was spent in Brazil. I was recruited by the U.S. Foreign Aid Administration which had a program with the Brazilian Air Force Technical Center. I was a visiting Associated Professor It was supposed to be a teaching job only, but I also got involved in the R&D side. The early beginnings of what became EMBRAER were in the works. My principal assistant was a man who later became the Chief Engineer at Embraer. This is probably enough reminiscing. As I said you can find the rest in my previous outpouring."


Depoimento de Celso Pascoli Bottura (AERON-62) em e-mail de 10 de dezembro de 2015:

O Ozires Silva, o Antonio Bakowski e eu, Celso Bottura, constituíamos a Turma de Técnica Aeronáutica da Turma ITA-62.
No segundo semestre de 1961, o Prof. Clarence Flora lecionou-nos o primeiro curso de uma sequência de 3, de Projeto de Aeronaves-PRA-11.
Foi um excelente curso. Ele também lecionou para a turma ITA-63. Perguntem a eles...
Fizemos em PRA-11 o projeto de uma aeronave que certamente influenciou o Ozires quando do projeto do Bandeirante. Eu e o Bakowski éramos civis e inexperientes, porém o Ozires era um piloto e oficial da FAB com grande experiência em voar pelos mais variados aeroportos do Brasil. Ele sabia o avião que o Brasil precisava. Nos falava disso.
E o Bandeirantes veio a ter as características que ele sabia que eram as necessárias para o nosso país.
O Prof. Clarence Flora além de bom professor, era muito gentil.
Este grupo de 4 pessoas e aquele curso constituem uma das melhores lembranças que tenho do ITA. Aquele projeto é talvez a única coisa do meu curso do ITA que guardo até hoje.
O Prof Flora nos deu a conhecer o livro do Gerald Corning: Supersonic and Subsonic Airplane Design que tenho até hoje.
Tenho certeza que o Guido Pessoti e outros projetistas de Aeronaves se beneficiaram bastante deste livro.
Eu fiz doutorado em engenharia elétrica e acabei tendo outras prioridades, porém nunca deixei de ser um engenheiro aeronáutico do ITA.
E nunca me esqueci do Prof. Flora.

Abraços e tudo de bom, Celso Bottura (AERON-62)


O jornal Seattle Times publicou o seguinte obituário em 01/mar/2017:

Clarence "Chuck" Flora

Chuck was born December 29, 1924 in Corinth, New York.
He graduated from High school in 1941 and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
He moved to Seattle in 1951 to start his career with The Boeing Company where he worked for 35 years before retiring in 1988.
In 1960 Chuck accepted a 2 year assignment as Professor of Airplane Design at the Brazilian Technical School in São José dos Campos.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Chuck was a pilot and instructor in both power and sailplanes.
He volunteered as a docent at the Museum of Flight, Bellevue School District VIBES/Granpals and the Boeing Glider Club.
Chuck passed away peacefully on March 1, 2016 surrounded by family. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Louise Fitzgerald Flora, 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.


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