1882: The Birth of a Leading Entrepreneur in the Automotive and Aviation Industries

August 12, 1882 Vincent Hugo Bendix, an inventor who became a pioneer in both the automotive and aviation industries, was born in Moline, Illinois. His first major effort in the transportation world involved establishing the short-lived Bendix Company of Chicago in 1907 and creating an automobile called the Bendix Buggy.  In 1910, he invented the Bendix […]

1882: The Birth of a Leading Entrepreneur in the Automotive and Aviation Industries

1950: The Maiden Flight of the Unconventional XC-120 Packplane

August 11, 1950 The Fairchild XC-120 Packplane, one of the more unconventional types of aircraft created in the United States in the post-World War II era, first took to the skies. The XC-120 was built for the U.S. Air Force by the aircraft and aerospace manufacturer Fairchild, and that transport plane made its maiden flight […]

1950: The Maiden Flight of the Unconventional XC-120 Packplane

1894: The World Debut of an Automotive Trailblazer Who Was Also Invested in Airborne, Maritime, and Rail Transportation

July 20, 1894 Errett Lobban Cord, industrialist and trend-setting automobile manufacturer, was born in the city of Warrensburg, Missouri. Cord, …

1894: The World Debut of an Automotive Trailblazer Who Was Also Invested in Airborne, Maritime, and Rail Transportation

Cord loomed large in Chet’s life. First, Chet was the Cord/Auburn/Duesenburg dealer in Washington, DC. Second, Chet was also the dealer for Cord’s Davis and Stinson aircraft, and Chet’s Stinson S Junior was the the plane he flew at the time of the first Washington Air Derby in 1932. Cord’s sale of all of this to AVCO in 1937 (which ended the Cord/Auburn Duesenberg line of cars) was a major event for Chet, who moved back to Chicago three years later.

Chet with his two loves and livelihoods, the airplane and the car. Photo taken at Congressional Airport in May 1930. The plane is a Davis D-1; Chet was a Davis dealer as well as a Stinson one, and he took his pilot’s license test in a Davis. His Davis “lot” was at Congressional.