The Travel Air Company of Wichita launched in 1925 under the stewardship of three people who would go on to make their mark in aviation: Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman, along with Walter Innes, Jr.
Though less well-known, Wichita business leader Innes was an important officer in the Travel Air company, as well as the later Stearman Aircraft Co.
For many, the name Travel Air conjures visions of a series of three-place biplane sport trainers of the 1920s. Lloyd Stearman gets much of the credit for designing the basic airframe, with inputs from his partners.[Read more…]