Built and flight-tested a sport biplane named Vamp Bat in 1929 at the age of 16.
Formed Mountain States Aviation with a partner in 1938, a fixed base operation and flying school that later became Combs Aircraft.
In 1939, he designed, built and tested the Combscraft.
During World War II, Combs Aircraft Company trained 9,000 military pilots.
Joined the Army Air Forces during World War II, flying C-54 transports across the North Atlantic, Africa and India.
President Kennedy appointed Combs to “Project Beacon” the project that helped form our present air traffic control system.
NASA consultant during the formative days of the manned space program.
In 1974, Combs received America’s General Aviation Man of the Year award.
Wrote Kill Devil Hills: Discovering the Secret of the Wright Brothers which won the Aviation/Space Writer’s Association’s James J. Streiberg Award, America’s highest honor for excellence in aviation writing.
Recipient of the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy in 1985.