Here I like to thank all the people involved in building this site or contributed to its content.
First of all: Paul Kipping for the structure and presentation of the site, and for many years of friendship!
Dennis Allen, see his page: http://staggerwingrestoration.blogspot.com
Paul Bierman (University of Vermont, http://www.uvm.edu/)
Edwin Boshoff and his team from Southern Cross Int. (Eindhoven) for their profound hospitality (c/n 6723 is still for sale)
Jim R. Britton
Robert B Cameron
Glenn Chatfield, photo supplier from the early beginning of this site
Chileprop LLC, New Mexico
Ed Coates from www.edcoatescollection.com
Gavin Conroy from http://capphotography.ifp3.com/
Danett Crespo from Smithsonian Institution Archives
Angela Wade Cripps
Raymond Cuypers from RAR – Raymond’s Aircraft Restoration (Antwerpen)
Martin A. Dilks
Daryl Governale from http://www.westairaviation.com/
Dan Hagedorn Sr from the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field (Seattle)
Cameron & Tracey Hawley
Kate Igoe from Smithsonian Institution Archives
Donald F. Kauer
Loet Kuipers / Air Britain Netherlands Branch
William T. “Bill” Larkins
Gary R. Moreau
Ralph M. Pettersen
Jonathan E. Rice
San Diego Air & Space Museum archives on Flickr.com
Stephen Sherman of acepilots.com
E. Derek Styles
Ron E. Uloth
Frédéric Vormezeele from www.fastaero.be
- Robert T. Smith: “Staggerwing! – Story of the Classic Beechcraft Biplane”, revised by Thomas A. Lempicke, Cody Publications Inc, Kissimmee (FL) 32741, First Revised Edition, First Printing May 1979;
- Air-Britain Archive Special No. 4 “The Beech 17″ Compiled by Peter Berry MRAeS, Air-Britain (Historians) Limited 1992, ISBN 0 85130 185 1;
- Edward H. Phillips: “The Staggerwing Story – A History of the Beechcraft Model 17″, Flying Books International, 1996, ISBN 0 911139 27 3;
- Peter Berry: “Beechcraft Staggerwing”, TAB Books, The Flying Classics Series, First Edition, First Printing, 1990, ISBN 0 8306 8410 7;
- William T. Larkins (two classics in one volume): “U.S. Navy Aircraft 1921-1941, U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft 1914-1959″ Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1995, previously published in 1959 resp. 1961, ISBN 0 88740 742 0;
- Geza Szurovy: “Wings of Yesteryear – The Golden Age of Private Aircraft”, MBI Publishing Company, 1998, ISBN 0 7603 0397 5;
- John M. Andrade: “Latin-American Military Aviation”, Midland Countries Publications (Aerophile) Ltd, 1982, ISBN 0 904597 31 8;
- Marc Volland: “Typenkompass Beechcraft”, MotorBuch Verlag, 2012, ISBN 978 3 613 03456 3;
- Chris Sorensen and the editors of Flying Magazine: “Antique Airplanes”, Charles Scribner’s Sons / New York, 1979, ISBN 0 684 15817 5;
- James Gilbert: “The great planes”, Grosset & Dunlap Inc and The Ridge Press Inc, 1970 (I purchased the Dutch translation and the first photo covering the Beechcraft on page 148-149 was the start of my passion…)
- Arawasi International – Issue 12 Spring 2015, regarding Japanese Staggerwings
and numerous magazines like “Scramble”, “Airnieuws”, “Flying”, “Flight” etc, etc.
The first four mentioned books are exclusively covering the Model 17. They are dated, rare and difficult to purchase, but its worth trying by the dedicated enthousiast for them being excellent in their unequalled approach to descripe the history and development of the Beech 17, the people behind the scenes, air races, special flights, unrealised developments and they are a real treasure of unique photos that unfortunately can’t be found even on this site…!
My admiration for the Beechcraft is well expressed by these lines, written by Robert T. Smith in his book “Staggerwing!”:
“I walked into an open hangar the other day, alongside all the modern, shiny, all-metal jobs there was a Staggerwing. She is a rare site. When you see one, you know you are in the presence of one of the great ones.
We all know she has no soul—she is an inanimate object made of steel, plywood and spruce. But in the dark, silent, hangar, surrounded by tricycle landing gears and sleek aluminum, the Staggerwing sits in profound majestic grace.
For an instant, you are part of the past—you hear her low pitched, rumbling Wasp engine, you see her wingtips trembling in the gray light of an early dawn. She is a Queen, ruling quietly over her domain and like all royalty, she has no need to speak to prove her claim to the throne—it is a fact accepted by all who see her.
People walking through the hangar idly glance at the other aeroplanes, but when they pass the Staggerwing, they stop. And their eyes go slowly over her—from the big radial cowling to the rapidly tapering fuselage, to the rounded fin and rudder, then back to the negatively staggered wings with their graceful struts, their steel brace wires, and their elliptical tips.
They walk around her slowly and one asks, what is it? The other replies, I have never seen one before. They speak in hushed tones, as one does in the presence of a Queen. They stay one minute of perhaps five, then they leave, walking slowly.
Outside the hangar, in the sunlight, they turn for one last look, their faces serious and filled with awe. They have been in the presence of one of the great ones”