The winning team in the 1926 Ford Reliability Tour, Walter Beech (left) and navigator Brice Goldsborough, pose before their Travel Air Model BW with a J-4 radial engine. The airplane carried sate-of-the-art Pioneer navigation instruments, but Walter also attributed their success to following "the old reliable iron compass" - railroad tracks.
Walter and Olive Ann Beech look out over the wartime production line that almost overflows with airplanes. The photograph apparently used mirrors to make the factory output look even more daunting to any Axis spy who might happen upon it.
An informal portrait of the "First Lady of Aviation," Olive Ann
Beech (1903-1993), co-founder and President of the Beech Aircraft
Corporation, standing by an airplane propeller. Beech was born and
raised on a farm south of Waverly, Kansas. She attended business college
in Wichita, and worked for the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in
Wichita, before marrying Walter H. Beech on February 24, 1930. In 1932,
they co-founded the Beech Aircraft Corporation. After her husband's
death in 1950, Beech assumed the position of president of the
corporation, and was named its chairman emeritus after her retirement in
1982. She brought the company through fifty years of growth from the
Staggerwing Biplane to Skylab, and from ten employees to ten thousand.
Her other honors include: Woman of the Year (1951); Kansan of the Year
(1958); and nomination to the NASA Space Shuttle Study Committee (1971).
Date: Between 1950 and 1955
Raytheon Aircraft Company's CEO Hansel Tookes poses for a group of photographers with Duer Wagner Jr. after it was announced that Wagner will be the first owner of the Hawker 450. Wagner is the owner of the Duer Wagner, Jr. Interests, a Fort Worth based group of companies. 2000
Some workers showed their displeasure at the contract in unusual ways, like Tony Brewster, who works on the King Air Final Line. Brewster brought this toilet seat to the vote, but he wasn't allowed to take it into the meeting. "They're not giving us anything," he said. "Everything's take away. At the end of the year, I'll be losing money over what I make today." 2005