Piper, William

Piper, William (Thomas)

(1881–1970) airplane manufacturer; born in Knapps Creek, N.Y. After graduating from Harvard (1903), he worked in construction and then for his family's Pennsylvania oil business. In 1931 he took over a bankrupt airplane company and began producing small affordable planes, "Cubs," for ordinary people. During his lifetime, the Piper Aircraft Corporation produced more airplanes than any other company.
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Rousing them along was his personal piper, William "Billy" Millin.