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Boeing Model C Displays In NCKU Museum To Mark The One-Century Of Test Flight-wn
Little known the first engineer at U.S. aircraft maker Boeing a century ago was an engineering professor from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Dr. Tsu Wong.
Dr. Wong as hired in 1916 by Bill Boeing to work in Seattle and came to Taiwan in 1949 to teach at NCKU in Tainan from 1955 to 1965, according to the university.
NCKU Museum Director Prof. Jeng-Horng Chen said, in addition to his great contribution to the Boeing company, Dr. Wong also has a very important impact to the aerospace education and aerospace industry development in China and Taiwan as well.
Therefore, the museum is committed to the first exhibition of the replica of Boeing Model C in Taiwan, helping the general public to familiarize the contribution of Prof. Wang to the development of the aerospace technology and its industry.
Dr. Wong designed Boeing's first mass-produced product - the Model C training seaplane, which was the first military plane Boeing built.
The public display at the front plaza of NCKU Museum will run through December 10.
Dr. Tsu Wong was born 1893 in Beijing, China. At the age of 12, he was admitted to the navy academy established by the Manchu government. When he was 16, he was sent to England for advanced naval studies. This was the first group of young Chinese cadets sent overseas to learn modern technology.
After graduating from the Armstrong Academy, he majored in naval ship-building in England for the Manchu government. During WWI, studied aeronautical engineering at MIT and received his master's degree in 1915. After graduation he joined Boeing in Seattle to design the first Boeing airplane, later known as the B & W.
After the conclusion of WWI, Mr. Wong went back to China to start a naval aircraft
manufacturing factory and naval aviation school for the Chinese government in Mah-Wei.
He has handled numerous projects and produced scores of amphibian aircraft.
In 1928 he became the Chief Engineer of China National Aviation Corp. in charge of its services and maintenances in CNAC's main base in Shanghai.
In 1934 Chinese government again assigned Mr. Wong to establish Central Hang Zhou Aircraft Manufacturer, also known as Central Hang Factory. Mr. Wong is the first General Manager of the company.
In the late 1930's, The Chinese government moved to the interior due to Japanese
invasion and Mr. Wong set up the Chinese Bureau of Aeronautical Research in Chengdu, China. He came to Taiwan in 1949 to teach at NCKU in Tainan. Mr. Wong passed away in 1965 at Tainan, Taiwan.