Lee Juan Lanford, founder of Associated Air Center (AAC), died Dec. 6 from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87.
Lanford, an aviation business entrepreneur, created the Associated Radio Company in 1948, at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. The small start-up company, which initially specialized in the repair and installation of surplus radio equipment in ex-military aircraft purchased by private individuals and corporations, grew to become Associated Air Center, specializing in the maintenance and modification of large transport category VIP aircraft.
“Lee was a brilliant entrepreneur and businessman who guided Associated Air Center through remarkable periods of change. His ability to steer AAC to growth and success is a testament not only to his business savvy, but his personal character as well,” said Jack Lawless, president, Associated Air Center. “We are thankful for what he achieved; he will be missed.”
Lanford is survived by his wife of 68 years, Bennye, daughter Cynthia Adams, and three grandchildren, Austin, Ashleigh, and Andrea Adams.
Associated Air Center became part of the StandardAero in 2008 when the company was restructured to support a broad base of aviation services. AAC is a world leader in the maintenance and modification of large transport aircraft and regarded as specialists on Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) aircraft for clients that include internationally known individuals, corporations and heads of state.