Many years ago, like more than ninety, there were people in aviation that were forward looking and tough critters.
and a fellow that called his aircraft Waco.
Beechcraft wanted low wings, ruddervadors and money. Cessna wanted high wings and specialty aircraft; Piper wanted low wings and mass market aircraft.
Various partner ships and conflicts waxed and waned. Each man went destiny. Waco declined. Beechcraft went mega, money after all is is not only the root, but the water of the blood of companies.
Piper went east and served a niche market.
Cessna ground it out and exists today after good and bad times fiscally.d
All the men died, as all men will, taking their dreams with them. Two, Clyde Cessna and
Walter Beech were family men and, at first, their companies were family things.
Cessna incorporated, before he passed, so the event drifted the company into the corporate mold of decision making.
Beech wasn’t that quick to incorporate and had a tendency to reject all thinking but the directors.
As I said, all men die and take their dreams. Life continues and other dreams and ideas take precedent.
This from the world of life:
Eagle staff Today at 1:41 p.m.
The Financial Times reported Friday that Cessna Aircraft’s parent, Textron, has acquired Beechcraft for about $1.4 billion.
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/#storylink=cpy
One of the first aircraft I ever sat in the pilots seat of was a C-45, sitting on the ramp of a small airfield in Port Orchard WA.
I watched many Piper Cubs landing and taking off from the water base in Bremerton WA.
The first aircraft I ever saw spinning was a Piper Cub on the flats of the San Joaquin valley, somewhere around Tulare CA.
One of the first books I remember reading, other than Call of the Wild, was a history of Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Piper – with a few others thrown in. It was a history of boarsouth central Kansas and hard thinking men.
They are all gone now, the singletons. It’s group think and corporations. Lots more money around them, but not near the fun to watch.
From the reaches,