Viewing page 34 of 57
It looks like you're using a mobile device. We recommend using a physical keyboard for transcription entry.
crackups by the new pilots, started a breach between Laird and Moellendeck that kept widening until conditions became so unbearable the [[crossed-out]]he[[/crossed-out]] Laird resigned in 1923 and sold his interest to Moellendeck, including the trade name "Swallow." During the period Laird had been in Wichita he also designed and built four [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] other planes, the Laird "Limozine" with two Curiss OX engines, the clipped wing Laird "Swallow Racer", the Laird "Swallow" with 150 [[crossed-out]]H.P.[[/crossed-out]] h.p., Hispano-Suiza [[left margin]] checkmark [[/left margin]] engine, and the single engine "Limozine" with a 300 [[crossed-out]]H.P.[[/crossed-out]] h.p. Packard engine, which was a conversion of the twin OX-engined [[crossed-out]] ship [[/crossed-out]] airplane. Following his resignation and settlement of business affairs at Wichita, Laird returned to Chicago where he again organizes the E. M. Laird Airplane Co. Incorporators were: E. M. Laird, President; Lee Hammond, Vice President,and Charles Arens, Secretary. The Illinois Corporation Law required a minimum of three stock-holders so Laird issued one share each, gratis, to Hammond and Arens, both of whom were non-active in the firm. Laird financed the new company personally, [[crossed-out]]and h[[/crossed-out]] is first plane was called the "Laird Commerical", a biplane for pilot and two passengers, with a Curtiss OX-5 engine. Later this plane was re-designed and powered by a Wright 9-cylinder radial air-cooled engine[[crossed-out]]s and t[[/crossed-out]]. These planes were widely used both in competition and air mail service. Laird planes rapidly gained an enviable reputation and national prominence through the 1930's and were used extensively by the young airlines just being established as well as the growing market for privately owned planes. Always evident in Laird's accomplishments was his [[crossed-out]]great[[/crossed-out]] interest and participation in competitive flying and the building of special planes for such events. He designed and build special racing machines for such well known pilots as Jimmy Doolittle, Speed Holman, Ed. Ballough,and Roscoe Turner who won many Reliability, Cross-Country and Trophy Races of that era. Laird's planes were known as "The Thorough-Bred of the Airways" and consistently demonstrated they had that extra something that repeatedly [[crossed-out]] became a habit of [[/crossed-out]] lead [[crossed-out]] ing [[/crossed-out]] the pack 9
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.