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Laird Limousine after conversion to single engine configuration

Laird Limousine after conversion to single engine configuration
Date: 1921
This photograph shows a Laird Limousine that was converted from a two-engine airplane to a single-engine airplane. The pilot of the limousine is Walter H. Beech, who later went on to work with the Travel Air Company and the Curtiss-Wright Aviation Company before founding the Beech Aircraft Company along with his wife Olive.


Laird Sport Model S No. 2

Laird Sport Model S No. 2
Date: 1920
This photograph shows Emil "Matty" Laird's Sport Model S, No. 2. This picture was taken while the airplane was exhibited at the Wichita Forum in early 1920.


Laird Swallows

Laird Swallows
Date: Between 1920 and 1925
A view of four new Laird Swallow airplanes parked in a field at 29th and Hillside Streets in Wichita, Kansas. Designed by aviation pioneer Emil Matthew "Matty" Laird, 1886-1982, the first Swallow was built for the commercial market in 1920 by Laird Swallow Manufacturing Company of Wichita.


Wichita's golden air age began 50 years ago in Swallow biplane

Wichita's golden air age began 50 years ago in Swallow biplane
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: May 1, 1970
This article published in the Wichita Eagle covers the history of the Swallow Aircraft Manufacturing Company and its founder, Emil Matthew Laird. The article also details Laird's first flight in a Swallow biplane, the contributions of Swallow employees Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman, and the overall contributions of Wichita to the American aviation industry.


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