Beecraft Associates formed by ex-Convair engineers 1946, built Wee Bee, claimed 'world's smallest aircraft'. Honey Bee single-seat parasol flown July 1952. Name changed to Bee Aviation 1954, and Queen Bee…
RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY At the September 2002 NBAA Convention, held in Orlando, Florida, Raytheon Aircraft announced its intention to revert to separate marketing of its Beech and Hawker lines of…
BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC (Subsidiary of Textron Inc) During 1970-81, Bell Helicopter Textron was unincorporated division of Textron Inc; became wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc from 3 January 1982.…
Aerial Experiment Association, first formal heavier-than-air aviation group in USA, formed September 1907. Leader Dr Graham Bell, inventor of telephone; his wife was prime mover and financier. Bell's own multiplane…
Bell Aircraft Corp. formed October 1935 by former leaders of Consolidated on that company’s move from Buffalo to San Diego, notably Lawrence D. Bell, Ray P. Whitman and chief engineer…
BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON and THE BOEING COMPANY Bell and Boeing collaborate in design and manufacture of V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. New 41,800 m² (450,000 sq ft) factory at Amarillo International…
In 1911 Giuseppe Mario Bellanca emigrated from Sicily to New York with nothing but degree in engineering. Flew monoplane built in Brooklyn basement, ran flying school and in 1919 joined…
Northern became Downer, then Inter-Air (making Viking, an improved Cruisemaster) and, in 1967, Bellanca Sales, subsidiary of Miller Flying Service. Bought Champion Aircraft 1970, name becoming Bellanca Aircraft Corp. Products…
Executives mainly from Miller Flying Service formed Viking Aviation 1982 to support large numbers of Viking and other Bellanca aircraft. Renamed Bellanca Inc., still at Alexandria, Minnesota, resumed Viking production…
Bendix Aviation Corp. tried to produce helicopters after Second World War, flying Model K single-seat coaxial in 1946 and Model J 4-seater a year later.
Previously Aeronautic Supply Co., Benoist Aircraft Co. registered St Louis 1912 and built numerous prototypes. One Type XIV Air-Boat 2-seat flying-boat operated world's first heavier-than-air scheduled service across Tampa Bay,…
Dr Igor Bensen, formerly of Kaman, set up Bensen Aircraft Corp. in 1952 at Raleigh-Durham airport, N. Carolina, concentrating on ultralight rotorcraft. Following tip-drive and engine-above-rotor helicopters, Bensen produced B-7…
John B. Bergeson produced light aircraft 1971.
Emile and Maurice Berkmans designed Speed Scout, attractive biplane fighter, 1916. Tested well but war ended and more powerful B-2 never built.
After Doman ceased trading 1961, Caribe Doman remained active on helicopter project and in 1967 formed Berlin Doman Aircraft to elect Don H. Berlin (former designer of Curtiss fighters) as…
Famed inventor (of gramophone, etc.), Emile Berliner invented Gyro rotary aircraft engine 1911 and reasonably successful helicopters 1922-6.
Son Henry A. Berliner assisted with helicopters, formed Berliner Aircraft Co. 1926 at Alexandria, Virginia, and Potomac Flying Service. To operate this service produced attractive Parasol 3-seater (OX-5), 17 built…
On his father’s death 1929 Henry Berliner joined with Temple Nach Joyce, famed pilot and engineer, forming Berliner-Joyce Aircraft Corp., new plant at Dundalk, Maryland. Series of Army/Navy prototypes followed,…
Floyd S. Bert built light biplane 1959.
Beta Aircraft formed to build light aircraft 1966.
Floyd Biggs, Oklahoma, built light aircraft 1959.
Billman Aviation Co. built light aircraft 1959.
Bird Corp., makers of medical respirators, built Innovator, PBY Catalina amphibian plus 2 x 340-hp Lycoming engines outboard 1967.
Bird Wing Commercial Aircraft Co., Mid-America Airport, St Joseph, MO, incorporated 1928 to make Imperial 3-seat biplane.
Birdman Inc. marketed kits/plans of TL-1A ultralight (122 lb [55 kg] empty) from 1975.
Ray Bishop produced light aircraft 1972.
BLENNTEC (formerly UPship Corporation) Company renamed BlennTEC in 2003, although UPship retained as airship trademark type name. First to be built will be a two-seat, 32 m (105 ft) example,…
Bob Anderson Sport Aircraft formed 1981 to market light homebuilt.
John Bock marketed Bock II ultralight 1971.
Edward Boden built 15ft-span biplane 1946.
William E. Boeing, Yale graduate and Seattle timber merchant, flew in Curtiss seaplane 1914 and said to Cdr. G. Conrad Westervelt USN, 'I think we could build a better machine'.…
BOEING COMPANY and SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT Boeing and Sikorsky began collaboration on what later became the RAH-66 in June 1985 and received a contract for the demonstration/validation programme in 1991 In…
Little Gee Bee built by George Bogardus said to be first homebuilt to fly across USA, August 1947.
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