A Story of Men, Planes, and Aircraft
Manufacturing During the Great Depression
There was never a better time to design and build a new flying machine
than the spring of 1929 -- or so it must have seemed to those who did.
The Air Commerce Act of 1926, through the licensing of pilots and the
airworthiness certification of aircraft, had ushered in an era of growing
public confidence in aviation.
It was also a time for Rae Rearwin, a successful businessman from Salina,
Kansas, to cast about for a fresh source of income -- "diversification."
And so it was that Rearwin decided to build and sell aircraft.
The chronicle of Raymond Andrew Rearwin, the founder of the various firms
and aircraft that bear his name, is one typical of the brave businessmen
who devoted their energies to, and risked their resources in, aviation
enterprise from the historic stock market crash of 1929 through the start
of World War II.
A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review
. . . superb biography of a man and an industry . . . Profusely illustrated
. . . throughout with vintage photographs, Rearwin is a welcome and valued
addition to the aviation history shelf.
Bohl, American Aviation Historical Society
This book is well worth the price in that it will hold your interest for
many hours. If you are a Golden Age fan, you will really enjoy the story
this book tells.
Aviator, March 1997
. . . Bill Wright's book is detailed, full of pictures that paint a wonderful
picture of that era. History buffs will enjoy.
. . . a well-illustrated and researched book on one of the late '20s and
'30s aircraft manufacturers about which little has been published. . .
. The book provides a valuable insight into the trials, failures, and
successes of the aircraft manufacturing business. . . . Very interesting
stuff from the Skyways era.
About the Author:
Bill Wright, a private pilot since 1957, has logged about
2,000 VFR hours in various taildraggers. As a fan of vintage and classic
aircraft, he has authored numerous articles for Pacific Flyer and
other aviation periodicals. Wright practiced labor law in Southern
California until he passed away several years ago. Rearwin was
his first book.
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