Professional Pilot Magazine – Pireps Article

Virtually all the great names who launched and built the aviation industry are gone. We have only our memories and stories about them to learn and recall how it all got done.

One missing component in this amazing patchwork of dates, events and intersecting personalities has just been filled in. The book is “The Barnstormer and the Lady.” By Dennis Farney. While much has been written about Beech Aircraft and its nearly 8 decades of world-circling products, little has been known publicly about the professional and private lives of the company’s cofounders, Walter and Olive Ann Beech.

In an informal, inviting style Farney, a retired Wall Street journal writer and editor and former Pulitzer Prize finalist, takes us into the roots of Walter and Olive Ann, enabling us to learn what made each tick. As the story unfolds, we’re inside the Beech boardroom as major events, both successes and failures, unfold. Throughout, we’re privy to their private hoe lives with each other and their 2 daughters.

“The Barnstormer and the Lady” truly is a mini-saga – part page-turning adventure, part love story, and all laved with the gritty, pioneering spirit that first invented, then built what we’ve come to appreciate as “the golden age of aviation.”

Heavily sprinkled with engaging photos, most never before publishes, this book will make a welcome addition to any aviation library. It can be ordered for $29.95 by contacting or calling 316-682-1181.

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