The days of the eponymous aircraft companies are long gone, along with their founders including Donald Douglas, Leroy Grumman, the Bills—Boeing, Piper and Lear—Larry Bell, Allan and Martin Lockheed, and Clyde Cessna, among the many. Walter Beech’s widow, Olive Ann, carried the name forward for years, but then in 1993 she flew West as well. Serge Dassault remained a force in his father’s company until his final exit last year, though his sons continue as members of the ...


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