Last winter my wife’s grandma mentioned she was going to Georgia to visit her friend June.  I told her that sounded very nice.  Then she said "Her husband made airplanes, you like airplanes, right?"  I acknowledged that I did, and she said "Hold on, let me get The Magazine".

Maule Aircraft, Flying Out Of HangerShe came back a few minutes later with an issue of The Auto Pilot with a famous picture of a Maule flying out of its hanger.  She pointed and said "There, he made those".

"He worked for Maule aircraft?" I asked.

"No, her husband is Mr. Maule" she replied.

Wait, WHAT?  That’s like saying her friends husband Henry made cars; you know, Mrs. Ford?  Sure enough, my grandmother-in-law knows Mrs. Maule, wife of the creator of one of the coolest small aircraft in history.

Maule Aircraft in front of a mountainThey could hold LOTS of stuff, take off and land on a dime, take tires, tundra tires, skis, or floats as its landing gear, and fly very slowly while staying in the air.  Maule aircraft are workhorses, plain and simple.  More than a Jeep, it’s like the Landrovers of old Africa.  It made them very popular in Alaska, Canada, and the American West.

One of the famous tricks if could do is start its takeoff roll from inside its hanger, and be in the air by the time it cleared the hanger doors.  You can see that in action in the photo above.

You can find out lots more good information at their website.

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  1. Hey Topher,

    At the recent Basics Pastors’ Conference I met a pastor who told me about his hobby which involves owning and flying a “Funk Brothers” airplane. Here’s the link to the Funk Owners Association

    The plane was famous for its stability… they wouldn’t stall or spin out, which made them safe for average folks to fly. 🙂

    Thanks for the photos of the Maule. By the way, not unlike the Wright Brothers, the Funk Brothers started making their planes ijn the back of their poultry shop here in Akron, OH.

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