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Travel Air Company was founded in Wichita, KS, in 1925 by Walter Beech, Llloyd Stearman, and Clyde Cessna. Although Stearman and Cessna left in 1927 to found Stearman Company and Cessna Aircraft Company, respectively, by 1929, Travel Air was the largest producer of commercial aircraft in the United States. In that year Travel Air was bought by Curtiss Wright Corp., but it continued to expand as a division of Curtiss Wright. Beech left the firm in 1932 to found Beech Aircraft and Travel Air was eventually absorbed into the larger manufacturer.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0197

Creator

Travel Air Manufacturing Co.

Date

1925-1942

bulk 1925-1929

Provenance

Beech Aircraft Corp., Gift, 1985, XXXX-0197

Extent

1.09 Cubic feet ((1 records center box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Articles

Photographs

Negatives

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of negatives and photographs relating to Travel Air. The material includes a history of Travel Air written in 1929, as well as several magazine articles about the company. The bulk of the material consists of photographs of commercial aircraft manufactured by Travel Air.

Genre/Form

Articles

Photographs

Negatives

Rights

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Names

Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Travel Air Manufacturing Co.

Beech, Walter

Cessna, Clyde

Stearman, Lloyd, 1898-1975

Topics Aircraft industry -- United States
Aircraft industry
Airplanes
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Aeronautics, Commercial
Aeronautics

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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