Beech, Walter

Beech, Walter (Herschel)

(1891–1950) aviation manufacturer; born in Pulaski, Tenn. In 1932, after serving as a pilot in the U.S. Army, working as a test pilot, and organizing his first company, Travel Air, he founded the Beech Aircraft Company, which incorporated in 1936. During World War II the company produced over 7,000 planes, including Model 18 twin engines.
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