Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Walter Hershel Beech

Marker ID: THC 3F 46
Location: at the intersection of West College Street (U.S. 64) and South 1st Street (U.S. 31), 206 S. 1st St, Pulaski, TN
County: Giles
Coordinates: N 35° 11.82    W 087° 1.931
  35.197    -87.03218333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMTYQK


Born in Pulaski, in 1891, Walter Herschel Beech was an aviation pioneer. In 1924 he helped to establish the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in Wichita, Kansas. By 1929 the company was the world's largest producer of commercial aircraft. In 1932, Beech and his wife founded Beech Aircraft Company, which produced more than, 7,400 military aircraft during World War II. Beech was inducted into the National (1977), International (1982), Kansas (1987), and Tennessee (2005) Aviation Halls of Fame.

Tennessee Historical Commission