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E. M. Laird Airplane Company

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Key people  Emil Matthew Laird
Founded  1923
Founder  Emil Matthew Laird
Type of business  Aircraft Manufacturer
E. M. Laird Airplane Company

E. M. Laird Airplane Company was an American aircraft manufacturer of commercial aircraft and custom race planes.


Wichita Airplane Company

Emil Matthew Laird partnered with the founders of the Wichita Airplane Company to build a new commercial biplane aircraft in 1920. The E.M Laird Company built 45 Swallow aircraft of this design. E.M Laird sold all rights on 27 September 1923 to J. M Mollendick, and formed a new company, the E. M. Laird Airplane Company based out of Chicago. The original E. M. Laird Company then became the Swallow Airplane Company, retaining brother Charles Laird. Charles Laird cocurrently started a short lived aircraft company named Laird Aircraft Corporation, publicly known as Whipporwhill in order to differentiate himself from Emil.

E.M Laird Aircraft

The E.M. Laird Aircraft company returned to Laird's hometown, building facilities at Ashburn Field, in Ashburn, Chicago. By 1928, Laird's aircraft had reached a level quality and competition, that the Stout Metal Airplane Division of the Ford Motor Company offered to hire Laird, and purchase all the assets of his company.


E. M. Laird Airplane Company Wikipedia

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