Noted historian Edward H. Phillips will present a series of programs on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 2:00pm as part of a special aviation exhibit at the Historical Museum. Programs are free and open to the public.
On Saturday, Phillips discusses the dawn of Wichita aviation from 1911-1929, the evolution of the Laird, Swallow and Travel Air companies, and the important contributions of aviation giants Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna, Lloyd Stearman, and oilman Jake Moellendick.
Sunday’s programs include the history of Travel Air and Walter Beech, the genesis and production of the Type R “Mystery Ship” racing monoplane, and will end with a history of air racing during the 1920s and 1930s.
Edward H. Phillips has researched and written eight books on the unique and rich aviation history that belongs to Wichita, Kansas. His writings have focused on the evolution of the airplanes, companies and people that have made Wichita the “Air Capital of the World” for more than 80 years. Since 1983, Phillips has produced detailed histories of the Travel Air Company, Cessna Aircraft Company, E.M. Laird, Jake Mollendick, Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna, O.A. Beech, Ted Wells, Dwane Wallace and many others.
Phillips earned his degree in journalism with a minor in aviation from the University of North Dakota. He holds FAA commercial pilot and airframe and powerplant licenses, with instrument and multi-engine ratings, flight instructor, single-and multi-engine land, and advanced ground instructor.
He has worked for Beech Aircraft Corporation, Piedmont Airlines and spent 21 years as Business Flying writer for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, retiring in 2007 as Southwest U.S. Bureau Chief based in Dallas, Texas.