👈swipe Nathan Mayo of #mayo_craft , #dearfriend #consummateaviator, #mastermachinist and #manufacturingengineer, slipped the bonds of earth here today. Rest in peace, Nate. #p26d
Thursday March 15, 2018
Worcester, Mass. - Nathan H. Mayo, consummate aviator, master machinist and manufacturing engineer, slipped the bonds of earth here today after a battle with heart disease. A lifelong resident of Bolton, Massachusetts, Nate, as he was known to friends and collegues, began flying at age fifteen. He later honed his skills at US Navy Flight School and engaged in anti submarine warfare in 1955, piloting the Grumman S2 Tracker from the deck of aircraft carriers.
After his tour of duty, Nate founded and operated a machine shop in Marlborough, Massachusetts and also worked as a manufacturing engineer. He then went on to establish Mayocraft, Inc. a firm that specialized in the design, construction, and restoration of historic and, vintage aircraft -- from classic cabin biplanes to potent WW II military aircraft. The firm had a dedicated facility in eastern Massachusetts that was the equivalent of a small aircraft factory. Mayocraft restored, as either prime contractor or significant contributor, a wide range of historically significant aircraft: • Waco #UPF7 open cockpit biplane
• Waco #YKS6 classic cabin biplane
• North American #AT6 advanced trainer
• Grumman #TBM3 torpedo bomber
• #ConsolidatedB24 bomber
• #BoeingB17 bomber
• #TaylorcraftBC65 DeLuxe
Nate's crowning achievement was the design and construction of a full scale replica Boeing P-26, a military pursuit craft from the 1930s, that took 10 years to construct and flight test. The #mayo_craft #p26d is now owned and operated by the @MilitaryAviationMuseum in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Many of the military aircraft Nate contributed to are owned and operated by the @CollingsFoundation in Stow, Massachusetts. Further information about Mayocraft remains on the website, www.mayo-craft.com.Nate leaves behind his wife Christie, daughters Carolyn and Cathy Ann, step daughter Dale Bennett-Boyle and stepson Donald G. (Maalik) Bennett, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was 85 years old.