Ward Tunte

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Ward Tunte was born in Lorain, Ohio back in 1894. As a young child, he started saving his money to enroll in the Case School of Applied Science. He graduated for a perfect 4.0 GPA, after graduation he joined the staff of Goodyear in Akron, Ohio in 1917.

In 1918, he received his pilot’s license, he raced hot air balloons in three International Race’s in 1926, 1929 and 1930 he won the Gordon Bennett Cup in ballooning. All in all he won five annual National Balloon Races. He worked for Goodyear until 1962. After his retirement, he travelled across the country as a motivational speaker, periodically flying hot air balloons. He died in 1978 as the results of a stroke.

What you may not know about Ward Tunte Van Orman is that he was also an American inventor. His inventions include the inflatable life raft and the self-sealing fuel tanks those are still in use to this day.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray thank the good Lord for that inflatable life raft.... millions of lives have been saved because of it....

Oct 03, 2018 03:37 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Glad you don't post trivia. I would seldom get any right! Enjoy your day! 

Oct 03, 2018 03:41 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Knew about the gas tanks but not the inventor.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 03, 2018 04:50 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Another inventor I've not known about that has made a great contribution to society. Thank you for always digging someone up new to make us grateful every day for their contribution!

Oct 03, 2018 04:54 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I am sure there are many people grateful for the inflatable life raft from personal experience,

Oct 03, 2018 05:12 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Being from Ohio I got this one.

Oct 03, 2018 06:35 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He had some great inventions and I would not dare try to race him in a balloon, sounds like he was fast.

Oct 03, 2018 06:59 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A very interesting post today. Thanks for the post.

Oct 03, 2018 08:09 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful invention the inflatable life raft was!  It saved so many lives.  Happy Wednesday!

Oct 03, 2018 09:04 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Thank goodness for Ward Tunte's inventiveness - just think of the positive outcomes of the inflatable life raft!


Oct 03, 2018 10:01 AM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

James Dray I feel like I am in a fun history class every time I read one of your fascinating posts!

Oct 03, 2018 05:33 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Have you ever thought about being a history professor James Dray 

Oct 03, 2018 10:16 PM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Two very valuable inventions so he should be remembered for them.

Oct 04, 2018 03:41 PM #14
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