Colin Headlee, Class of 1917, and I were interested in aviation before we entered the U. S. Naval Academy. I had experimented considerably with building and flying model planes, and Colin had built and successfully flown a glider in his home town of Everett, Washington. Indeed, he and his towing crew had made some 150 flights ranging up to a city block in length. Our mutual interest in aviation was stimulated by the Navy’s pioneer Aviation Camp across the Severn from the Academy; it led us to design, build, and fly what is believed to have been the first successful naval glider.
Headlee and I endeavored to incorporate in its design, certain ideas we had evolved from our earlier experiments. The glider was a biplane, with two bays on either side of a small center bay.