April 8, 2014
Practicality was the name of the game as aviation’s Golden Age ended in 1938 and war quickly approached. Despite the previous era’s name, there was little gold in the slowly growing industry.
The Beech Staggerwing sold well as a business aircraft, but at $26,000 it did not appeal to the general public. Not even the $1,000 Cub from Taylor Aircraft sold well. The Boeing Stearman was near the end of its career as a mail plane.
All these companies were sustained by sales during World War II. mostly as trainers, but also as transport aircraft —and even ground attack roles in the unusual case of the Piper Cub.
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Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from launch customer NetJets.
Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.
Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.
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