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Piper Aircraft Co. History & Info

  • A 1950s media sensation has an enduring connection to Piper airplanes.   Most people are familiar with Smokey Bear. The likeness of a friendly bear clad in blue jeans and a ranger hat has symbolized American wildfire prevention since the Advertising Council created him in 1944. But the story
  • The Meridian M500 is not your typical turbine. April 2015- Sometimes, the more things change, the more they improve. This is certainly the case for Piper’s latest commodity, the Meridian M500. While the airframe remains true to its esteemed Meridian roots, the M500 embodies advancements in
  • Piper employees enjoy their work, and they also enjoy giving back. February 2015- The people who design and build Piper airplanes work for the largest private sector employer in Indian River County, Fla.Vero Beach, the largest town in the county with approximately 15,000 residents, has an
  • January 2015- The new year is already full of airshows, conferences and opportunities for Piper Aircraft. As we look forward to 2015, Piper plans another active year of events, which gives us an opportunity to meet with and break bread with Piper aficionados around the world.We begin the year
  • November 2014-      Piper Aircraft has been busy. Busy adding to the 130,000 airplanes the company has built since it began with the iconic Cub over 75 years ago—and busy supporting the thousands of airplanes flying daily on every continent of the world. In March, Piper delivered the company's
  • 02-13 After five to six months of planning a special edition of Piper Flyer with its ever-so-cool genealogy pullout chart, Jen and I were on a plane to corporate headquarters of the world famous Piper Aircraft to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. Smooth flying set the stage. Landing at
  • November 2012   1925-1926  North Star Aerial Corp. founded at Rochester, N.Y. by Clarence Gilbert and Gordon Taylor using a restored Curtiss Jenny 1928  Moved to Bradford, Penn. and formed the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Co. (TBAC) 1928  William Thomas Piper Sr., an oil man, joins the TBAC Board
  • November 2012 It started back in the mid-1920s when brothers Gilbert and Gordon Taylor (along with their father, Arthur) purchased a surplus Curtiss JN-4 aircraft and learned to fly. The Taylors started a barnstorming business, the North Star Aerial Service Corp. in Rochester, N.Y. In 1927, the
  • November 2012   PF: What areas at Piper need strengthening right now? SC: I took over as CEO last October; the first thing I did was stabilize the business. I had already been working on that in my previous role on the operations side in terms of leveling out production schedule—getting the
  • February 2012  Piper, once synonymous with the Cub that most non-aviators think is the archetypical little airplane, hasn’t made that aircraft or any of its variants since 1981. The company left Lock Haven in 1984 for Vero Beach in Florida, although the Piper Aviation Museum still makes its home
  • January 2005   The Piper name is perhaps the most famous in all of aviation, but the fact that William T. Piper was even in the airplane business was a fluke. When the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Co. was raising local money to relocate their operation to Bradford, Penn., Piper’s partner in an oil