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Articles & Essays
COPYRIGHT 1998-2012
by Richard Harris

Last Updated May 10, 2012

These pages are in
continuous development.

No guarantee is made as to the accuracy of the statements or observations made in these articles.

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    Various aviation stories by Richard Harris

Spyplanes, Spyships & Seizures
Flying A Warbird
Airbus A380 vs.   Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Crash Heard 'Round the World
Nightfall at Benton
Beware the "Safe" Airplane

The Most Important Aircraft of All Time:

    8 Flying Machines that Changed the World

    Who, really, were the 'First to Fly'?

    Summary history of the helicopter

Planes & Their Makers   (General Aviation):

Who Made What?
  a listing of various popular aircraft,
  and their makers
   updated ILLUSTRATED version
   old, fast TEXT-ONLY version

100th Anniversary of Kansas Aviation
  from AAHS Flightline newsletter,
  No. 177, 4th Quarter, 2011
        [NEW! just added!]

Planes on the Plains  
  The "Air Capital of the World"
  isn't where you'd expect.

Why the Great Plains?   [DRAFT]
  Why have so many great planes
  come from the Great Plains?

The Air Capital Story:
  early general aviation & its manufacturers
  A quick summary history
  of major aircraft manufacturers
  with early roots in the Air Capital.
  Condensed from In Flight USA.

Photo Essays:
    A few photos from some other stories:

Mort Brown, at 99, Flying Again
U.S. Air Race, 2007
Proud Papa's Pietenpol (homebuilt)
(For more photos, see the Gallery .)

General Aviation's Big Three:

Cessna Aircraft  

Piper / New Piper

Hawker-Beechcraft Corp.
[NEW!  just added!]

   an older
   its predecessors:

Raytheon Aircraft
(Beech Aircraft / Hawker /

With histories of its source companies:
  • Travel Air
  • Beech
  • deHavilland
  • Hawker

America's Other Big Names
  in General Aviation History:

    (this section under development;
      partial articles only)

Aero Commander
        summarized from In Flight USA.
        special subsection:
          Jet Commander & Sabreliner

Aeronca / Champion / ACA  
        summarized from In Flight USA,
        later expanded in AAHS Journal.

American Aircraft /
  Grumman-American /
    AGAC / (American-General)
      Tiger Aircraft family

        summarized from In Flight USA.

  Fred Weick's 'Safer' Airplane

  from AAHS Journal, [partial]
  Vol. 59, No. 1 - Spring 2014
        [NEW! just added!]

  Speed for the Common Man

  from AAHS Journal, [partial]
  Vol. 56, No. 4 - Winter 2011
  (also published in SKYWAYS)

Mooney Aircraft (the prelude)   [partial]
        summarized from In Flight USA,
        later added to

Coming soon:
(click names below for other websites on the topic)

  Aviat & its Ancestors
      ( Monocoupe (see above), Pitts, Christen, etc.)
  Private Plane Pioneers
      ( WACO , Bellanca , Stinson , & Fairchild )
  'Tin-Can Transition' Planes
      ( Ercoupe (see above), Luscombe , Swift , & Navion )
  'Plastic' Planes
      ( Rutan , S-H , Lancair , Cirrus ,
       Diamond , etc.)

(links to other people’s websites about aviation history & industry)

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