Fritz Wigal, Jackson, Tennessee, built autogyro with tractor propeller which, hinged to blow on main rotor, spun latter up to speed.
Fabulous one-eyed aviator merely lent his name to the Wiley Post Aircraft Corp., formed 1935 at Oklahoma City to produce simple 2-seat biplane (designed and prototype built by Straughan) with…
Bob Williams built sporting aircraft 1973.
George W. Williams credited with light monoplane 1908, formed Texas Aero Manufacturing Co. at Temple, TX, 1911, reorganized about 1920 as George Williams Airplane and Mfg Co., produced several Texas…
Williams Research, mass-producer of small turbojet and turbofan engines, built Bell-developed Jet Flying Belt and other personal lift devices, including Wasp (Williams Aerial Systems Platform) flying 2 men on single…
Williams Aircraft Design Co. announced light aircraft 1976.
Arthur L. Williams produced W-17 Stinger Formula racer 1971, and with Carl Cangie WC-1 Sundancer racing biplane 1973, both very successful.
Wilson Aero Products produced light aircraft 1968.
Proof of concept autogyro, Santa Fe, NM, 1988.
Windecker Research, later Windecker Industries, Midland, TX, held Dow Chemical licence for glassfibre high-speed 4-seater developed by Drs L.J. and F.M. Windecker (7 October 1967), leading to production AC-7 Eagle…
Windryder Engineering, Colorado, produced Hurricane autogyro (August 1985), available with various options.
Built light sporting aircraft 1978.
Design of Derringer fast 2-seater (2 x 160-hp) started at Hi-Shear factory June 1960, aircraft flying 1 May 1962. Wing Aircraft Co. formed 27 June 1968, still at Torrance (LA)…
WINGTIP TO WINGTIP LLC Since 1990, some 34 aerobatic aircraft in the S-300 family have been built and have gained high placings in competitions in the US and abroad. The…
Winther-Hollmann Aircraft Inc. produced light aircraft 1982.
Originally Wipline Inc., Minnesota, produces conversions to Super Beaver seaplane and amphibious Aztec.
With ample backing, Witteman-Lewis Aircraft Corp. formed at Newark, NJ, 1919, building impressive airfield and factory at Hasbrouck Heights (later called Teterboro), where basic income was conversions of D.H.4 and…
Steve Wittman, famed racing pilot from 1926, built numerous racing and touring aircraft including Special Buster (1933) which won 1947 Goodyear and 1934 Bonzo (won Continental 1949/50/52). Manager of Winnebago…
Donald S. Wolf produced W-11 Boredom Fighter biplane (30 August 1979), 130 being built by late 1986.
Steve Wolf built ultralight 1986.
William H. Wolf built light sporting aircraft 1981.
Wolfe Aviation Co. built ultralights from 1985.
Charles A. Wood produced single-seat high-wing Little Monster (5 July 1955), having designed since 1917.
Stanley Wood produced SL-1 Formula V racer (8 June 1973).
Market plans and prefab parts of CJ-3D Cracker Jack light single-seat high-wing monoplane (6 October 1982).
Harris L. Woods, Niagara Falls, had by 1969 designed and built 13 types of fixed- and rotating-wing aircraft and air-cushion vehicles, best-known being Woody Pusher tandem-seat parasol monoplane. In 1970…
O.L. Woodson designed aircraft from 1912. Formed Woodson Aircraft Corp. January 1926 at Bryan, Ohio, to produce Express biplane for mail or cargo (150- or 180-hp Wright-Hispano). Built 18, plus…
Wren Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, formed to produce Wren 460 STOL conversions of Cessna 182 (January 1963), showing dramatic low-speed behaviour; 33 conversions by 1966. Work ceased, but new Wren…
Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright flew gliders from October 1900 and powered Flyers from 17 December 1903. Sold Type A to US Army September 1908, gradually putting this model into…
WTA Inc., Lubbock, TX, acquired from Piper rights to PA-18-150 Super Cub and PA-36 New Brave, producing 250 of former 1982-6, plus 150 of latter.
Yackey Aircraft, Forest Park, Illinois, built Liberty-engined transports based on Breguet Br XIV c1924.
George Yates, Portland, Oregon, built series of 2-seaters from 1930, initially 90-hp Cirrus, then 100-hp Menasco. Followed single-seat parasol with 45-hp Salmson.
BIPLANES OF YESTERYEAR LLC Having won several awards and mentions for his evocation of a First World War German biplane fighter, Mr Cowgill launched a production kit version in 2003.
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