Joined the aviation section of the Signal Corps in 1917 and earned his wings. He resigned from his commission in 1919 and went into business.
Flew as a barnstormer before engaging in commercial aerial photography and advertising.
In 1924, his Chamberlin-Rowe Aircraft Company converted war planes into commercial aircraft.
Joined the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, that built the Wright-Bellanca WB-2 monoplane. He and Bertram Acosta used the WB-2 to set a world’s endurance record of over 51 hours in 1927
Took off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York on June 4, 1927 with Charles A. Levine with the goal to surpass Lindbergh’s flight to Paris. They ran out of gas in Mansfeldt, Germany, completing a record 3,911 mile flight in 43 hours.
Opened a New York City to Washington, D. C. flight service and set a world’s diesel-powered aircraft altitude record of 19,311 feet in 1932.
Opened several aviation trade schools as World War II approached.