TRAVEL AIR FACTORY
At its peak of production in 1929, the Travel Air Manufacturing Company of Wichita, Kansas, had 650 employees working two shifts a day. Its popular Type 6000 cabin monoplane was a hit that year with businessmen and companies, including Delta Air Service.
In its five years of operation, Travel Air built about 1,700 planes before the Great Depression caused the demand for new planes to plummet. Absorbed by Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Corporation, most of its facilities closed in 1930. Several of the company’s principals went on to run their own aircraft companies and became household names: Lloyd C. Stearman, Walter H. Beech and Clyde V. Cessna.