YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2250 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3760 times:
My colleague flies a Cessna and he had no idea the company was named after its founder Clyde Cessna - he thought it was just a name someone dreamed up like Bombardier. Thinking about it, with some notable exceptions such as Airbus, Bombardier / Canadair, Embraer, Raytheon, Eurocopter and so on, many of the aircraft we still see today and are familiar with, their manufacturer is named after their founding person, often as far back as the 1920's - here are some that come to the top of my head:
Allan Loughead - company renamed as per the phonetic pronounication 'Lockheed'
Gerard Vultee - (Consolidated Vultee or Convair)
Eustace & Oswald Short - (Shorts Bros)
Al & Art Mooney
Geoffrey de Havilland
Harry Hawker - name retained by Raytheon for the 125 design purchased from BAe.
There are many others, particularly in British and European aviation in all those companies that now form BAe, Eurocopter / Aerospatiale and the great German aircraft of WW2 - I hope that was interesting / informative
Aeroweanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1604 posts, RR: 52 Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3474 times:
A couple more:
Marcel Bloch - changed his name to Marcel Dassault after WWII
Alliott Verdon Roe - Avro!
Frederick Handley Page
Edward Vickers (founded steel foundry in 1828 that led to Vickers Aircraft)
Alexander Procofieff de Seversky
Sherman Fairchild (son of a founder of IBM!)
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
C.S. Rolls and Henry Royce
Max Holste - also helped design the Embraer Bandeirante
George "Buck" Weaver - Weaver Aircraft Company (WACO)
Henry Ford - don't forget the Trimotor!
Vincent Justus Burnelli
Julian Don Alexander
Edward, Mark, Robert, Thomas and Zantford Granford - the Granford brothers (Gee Bee)
Emil Matthew "Matty" Laird
Clarence Gilbert & Gordon Taylor - Taylorcraft
Willard Rockwell - bought Aero Commander and North American Aviation
Benny Howard - Damn Good Airplanes
Ted Smith - The Piper Aerostar was originally the Ted Smith Aerostar...
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6153 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3446 times:
Not an aircraft manufacturer per se, but they make the kits for the world's most popular amateur-built aircaft:
All plane kits built by them are an RV-X (RV-6 being the most popular thus far...). RV are the initials of the company's founder and chief design engineer, Richard VanGrunsven, better known to homebuilders as "Van."
Breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1861 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3403 times:
Although the nationalization of the French aircraft industry around the WW2 removed most of the known names, here are some:
Marcel Bloch (to become Dassault after the WW2)
Gaston and René Caudron
Maurice Hurel and Dubois
All these names, save for Dassault, became part of S.N. (Société Nationale) something, later turned into Nord and Sud Aviation, which became SNIAS and then EADS.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3188 times:
As to the US posters, what a bunch of heathens! You post Wm. Boeing, D. Douglas and Walt Beech, yet forget to mention one of the top two or three most important founders in US aviation history-Clyde Cessna! Of all the 121 and 135 pilots in the US, probably 1/2 of them got their private license in a Cessna.
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Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1913 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
Got a few more for ya...
Charles and Gabriel Voisin (builders of Voisin biplanes flown by Henry Farman)
Henry Farman (who started building his own planes after flying his Voisin)
Burt Rutan (SpaceShipOne, Voyager, VariEze)
Bernard H. Pietenpol (The Air Camper was introduced in 1928, and plans for these are still available)
Willard Custer (Inventor of the CW-5 Channel Wing)
Peter M. Bowers (Founder of the Fly Baby series of homebuilts)
Jim Bede (BD-5 world's smallest jet)
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
ReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3094 times:
How about Francis Pratt and Amos Whitney?
Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 4): I am surprised no-one has mentioned that well known aviation pioneer Jean-Claude Airbus
in mind, what about the little known General Ebinezer James Howard Electric (USN-Ret.)- inventor of the light bulb, aircraft leasing, and the guy who improved upon Frank Wittle's jet engine a.k.a. the Whittle Unit.
Quoting Breiz (Reply 10): Marcel Bloch (to become Dassault after the WW2)
Rwy04LGA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2739 posts, RR: 8 Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3092 times:
Quoting 57AZ (Reply 16): As to the US posters, what a bunch of heathens! You post Wm. Boeing, D. Douglas and Walt Beech, yet forget to mention one of the top two or three most important founders in US aviation history-Clyde Cessna! Of all the 121 and 135 pilots in the US, probably 1/2 of them got their private license in a Cessna.
Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter): My colleague flies a Cessna and he had no idea the company was named after its founder Clyde Cessna
That was the first sentence of the thread start.
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23184 posts, RR: 23 Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3044 times:
Quoting Jeffry747 (Reply 20): If I remember right, Gulfstream aircraft were originally built by Grumman before they went solo
Yes, Gulfstream was originally part of Grumman. They've had about 5 owners over the years, including Chrysler for a few years in the mid-1980s. Since 1999 a subsidiary of General Dynamics, which also owned both Convair and Canadair for many years.
Ptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3878 posts, RR: 19 Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3017 times:
If my information is correct, Marcel Bloch's brother was a tank commander and took on the name Dassault while in the resistance movement, from char d'assault = main battle tank. Marcel took on the name after the war, I'm not sure exactly why. BTW he survived Buchenwald concentration camp, he was Jewish, and refused to work for the Germans.
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