The Travel Air Manufacturing Company was an aircraft manufacturer established in Wichita, Kansas,
United States in January 1925 by Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman.

Travel Air Aircraft

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Travel Air 6000 with 2003 National Air Tour logo, in which it participated

The company initially built a series of sporting and training open-cockpit biplanes, including the Model A, Model B, Model BH, and Model BW (These were subsequently renumbered.) Other types included the 5000 and 6000 high wing cabin monoplanes and the CW / 7000 mailplane.

The A differed in some minor details such as lacking the overhanging Fokker style ailerons that gave the rest of the series the nickname Wichita Fokker (not present on all of the later models though), while the B, BH and BW differed only in the engine installed – the A and B had a Curtiss OX-5, the BH had a Hispano-Suiza V-8, the BW had a Wright radial (of various types) though other radials would be installed later (especially after it became the 4000).

Aside from the Wichita Fokkers seen in such movies as Howard HughesHell’s Angels, likely the most famous of the open cockpit biplanes was N434N, a D4D (the ultimate derivative of the BW) painted in Pepsi colors for airshow and skywriting use which survives in the National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy annex. A second, backup D4D, N434P, used by Pepsi in later years to supplement and fill-in for the original aircraft, is housed in the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California.

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The Travel Air Manufacturing Company was an aircraft manufacturer established in Wichita, Kansas.

Founded: 1929 in Buffalo, New York, United States

Country:   USA

Type:  Aircraft manufacturer

Role:  Aircraft builder

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Travel Air 4000

The Travel Air Manufacturing Company was an aircraft manufacturer established in Wichita, Kansas, United States in January 1925 by Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman.

Travel Air 6000

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