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Detroit Aircraft Corporation

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The Detroit Aircraft Corporation was incorporated in Detroit, Michigan on July 10, 1922, as the Aircraft Development Corporation.[1] The name was changed in 1929.[2]

The Detroit corporation owned the entire capital stock of the Ryan Aircraft Corp., Aircraft Development Corp., Aviation Tool Co., Grosse Ile Airport, Inc., Marine Aircraft Corp., Park's Air College and Affiliated Companies, Detroit Aircraft Export Co., Gliders, Inc., and Eastman Aircraft Corp.[3] It also owned a 90% interest in the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Company, practically all of the capital stock of the Lockheed Aircraft Company and a 40% interest in Winton Aviation Engine Co.[4] During the Great Depression the Detroit Aircraft holding company found that rising losses from other operations were draining the company coffers. On October 27, 1931, the Detroit Aircraft Corporation went into receivership.

This is NOT related to the Detroit Aircraft Company, incorporated in 2011, and developing the Vertical Takeoff electric vehicle called the MOBi. The operator will be Airspacex ( ) Also see for that company.

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  • ✪ MOBi ONE, AirSpaceX Unveils Its Vision for Air Taxis with New Electric VTOL Aircraft
  • ✪ Mobi-One: AirSpaceX's autonomous, electric air taxi lands in Detroit


Airspace Experience Technologies, in short AirSpaceX, a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp, today revealed a sub-scale model of its autonomous, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. MOBi-ONE. at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The company hopes for the full-scale version of the aircraft, will be the future of taxi services. MOBi ONE, is an autonomous tilt-wing electric aircraft, capable of carrying both passengers and cargo, at speeds of up to 400 km/h or 250 mph. MOBi ONE, has been designed, as a clean and quiet alternative to road transport. The aircraft was designed and built by AirSpaceX, parent company Detroit Aircraft Corporation, who believes the aircraft will be affordable to produce, due to its lean automotive design, and mass production techniques. MOBi-ONE, is designed to autonomously takeoff like a helicopter, fly like a plane, and transport passengers or cargo between urban centers, suburbs, and airports within 60 miles. Keeping that in view in this video, Engineering Today looks top 4 facts about MOBi ONE. Why the company hopes, for the full-scale version of the aircraft, will be the future of taxi services? So, let’s get started. Detroit Aircraft Corporation in short DAC, founded in 2011, to design pilot-optional aircraft systems for military, and commercial application. DAC, has designed and licensed a series of multi-rotor aircraft, for commercial data collection, and package delivery. DAC, provided contract manufacturing, testing, marketing, sales, training, and MRO for a leading U.S. Defense Contractor, and has built more than 70 small electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft since 2013. In 2015, DAC identified an automotive EV architecture making large-scale multi-rotor aircraft feasible for cargo, and passenger transportation. AirSpaceX, a subsidiary of DAC, was founded to fund manufacturing, and certification of MOBi-ONE. AirSpaceX, claims that, US 300 billion dollars a year, is wasted in fuel and productivity due to road traffic jams and other delays, in the United States alone. They estimate that, urban commuters spend 42 hours stuck in traffic each year, an exercise that, pumps 17 billion kg or 38 billion pounds of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. MOBi ONE, is quieter than a helicopter, thanks to its four wing-mounted electric motors, and can carry two to four passengers, or payloads of over 200 kg at a cruising speed of 241 km/h or 150 mph, over a range of 104 km or 65 mi. Recent advances in electric propulsion, automation, and lightweight materials, now make the development of this new class of aircraft possible. AirSpaceX hopes, to hit the point to point commute market with MOBi ONE. Their vision is to mass produce aircraft leveraging lean automotive design, and mass production techniques, so the vehicles are affordable to the mass traveling public. MOBi-ONE was designed and built, by Detroit Aircraft Corporation, at Detroit City Airport. AirSpaceX teamed with Camilo Pardo. renowned as the chief designer of the 2005 and 2006 Ford GT, in MOBi-ONEs design. Pardo, and Rimanelli, began working together in 2011, prototyping and developing several vertical take-off and landing concepts over the years. The evolution of these prototypes culminated, in an iconic design with the MOBi-ONE. They wanted to create an aircraft, with a unique appearance, that stands alone and also reflects its function. Upon completion of engineering packages, a full-scale aircraft will be manufactured, undergo Part 27 Certification, and be operated by AirSpaceX. The sub-scale MOBi-ONE, was taken from clean sheet design, fabrication and assembly in 4 weeks, for display at Cobo Center in downtown, Detroit, in the Auto Mobili-D Technology Showcase. The aircraft is equipped with broadband connectivity for high-speed internet access on the go, and has V2X collision avoidance technology, and safety messaging. Aside from functioning as a commuter taxi, MOBi ONE also has applications as a medical, and casualty evacuation vehicle as well as, uses in tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. The AirSpaceX understand their idea is capital heavy, but have a clear vision for getting their aircraft into cities. If AirSpaceX can fulfill their vision, the number of commuting cars on the road will be reduced. This has the potential, to dramatically improve air quality in cities, many of which are choked with car derived air pollution. In India, more than a million people die from air pollution-related diseases alone. Autonomous passenger carrying aircraft, could be a way to reduce this pollution. Granted the scale, that AirSpaceX is aiming for won’t dramatically change cities overnight, but the future might be looking brighter, and healthier, if this technology is adopted more widely. AirspaceX also suggests, the MOBi-ONE will have three different modules, including ones for flight, payload, and ground transportation. That latter module could be used to transform the model into a flying car, but little is known about it. In a statement, Detroit Aircraft, and AirSpaceX founder, Jon Rimanelli said. MOBi-ONE will offer clean, quiet, and connected on-demand air mobility, to the mass traveling public at an affordable price. He says, this is possible because the company will mass produce the model, using lean automotive design, and mass production techniques. If everything goes according to plan, the company will deploy 2500 aircraft in the nations 50 largest cities by 2026.



  • Chairman: M. Bjelivuk, Edward S. Evans
  • President: C. B. Fritsche
  • Vice-Pres.: E. T. Gushee
  • Treasurer: C. A. Parcells
  • Directors: M. Bjelivuk, F. W. Blair, William Benson Mayo, E. T. Gushee, C. A. Parcells, C. W. Harrah, E. W. Lewis, C. S. Mott, Ransom Eli Olds, Ralph Hazlett Upson, R. D. Chapin, P. Ball, H. H. Knight, H. M. Bixby, T. N. Dysart, J. S. Elliott, F. E. Keeler, and B. S. Hunter


Ryan Aircraft Corporation: Incorporated into Detroit Aircraft on July 5, 1929, Ryan Aircraft acquired the assets and business of the Mahoney-Ryan Aircraft Corporation, the successor to Ryan Air Lines. Ryan Aircraft manufactured four and six-place cabin monoplanes at their St. Louis facility, adjacent to the municipal airport. The Detroit Aircraft Corporation owned Ryan Aircraft's entire capital stock.

The Aircraft Development Corporation ZMC-2
The Aircraft Development Corporation ZMC-2

Aircraft Development Corporation: was incorporated on July 12, 1929 in Michigan to take over and continue development and construction of "metal-clad" airships for commercial, military and naval uses. Company held patents covering design and construction of "Metalclad" rigid airships and airship mooring towers. The first "Metalclad" airship, the ZMC-2, was constructed for the U.S. Navy in 1929. Detroit Aircraft Corp. owned entire capital stock.[5][6][7] Edsel Ford, William May and William Stout, invested in the venture in an effort to make Detroit the manufacturing center of the dirigible industry. The Ford name was not closely associated with the ZMC-2 at the insistence of Henry and Edsel Ford, but Ford laboratories, on the property of the newly completed Ford Airport conducted tests on the ZMC-2 and paid $500,000 for the 225-foot (69 m) dirigible mooring at Ford's airport

Aviation Tool, Co. Incorporated in Michigan, June 11, 1929, to take over and continue the development of automatic riveting machines and their application to all types of aircraft. Detroit Aircraft Corp. owned entire capital stock.[8]

Grosse Ile Airport, Inc. Incorporated in Michigan, Nov. 15, 1926. Owned and operated an airport on Grosse Ile, an island in the Detroit River. The airport covered 403 acres (1.63 km2) of land and has water approaches on three sides. Contains a circular landing field. 3.000 feet (0.914 m) in diameter, and an airship hangar. Detroit Aircraft Corp. owned entire capital stock.

Marine Aircraft Corp. Incorporated in Michigan, June 11, 1929, to specialise exclusively in all-metal amphibian and flying boat construction for commercial and naval uses. Manufactured an all-metal six-place cabin amphibian plane. Detroit Aircraft Corp. owned entire capital stock.

Eastman Aircraft Corp. Incorporated in Michigan. Nov. 26, 1928. Manufactured the Sea Rover and Sea Pirate flying boat ranging In price from $7,500 to $10,000. Detroit Aircraft Corp. owned entire capital stock.

Blackburn Aircraft Corp. Incorporated in Michigan, May 20, 1929. to acquire design and patent rights on entire line of metal aircraft of Blackburn Airplane & Motor Co., Ltd. of England. DAC controlled 90% with the UK company holding 10% of the stock.

Detroit Aircraft Export Co. Incorporated in December 1928 for the purpose of handling export sales in South and Central China. Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Detroit Aircraft Corp. owned entire capital stock.

Gliders, Inc. Engaged exclusively in the manufacture of sailplanes. Factory located In Detroit, Detroit Aircraft Corp. owned entire capital stock.

The Lockheed Aircraft Company of Santa Barbara, California had been a going concern all throughout the 1920s. However, in 1929, the management of Lockheed voted to sell majority share ownership to the Detroit Aircraft Corporation. In July 1929, the Detroit Aircraft Corporation acquired 87 percent of the assets of Lockheed Aircraft Company.

Park's Air College and Affiliated Companies, Inc., see Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

Aircraft Manufactured

Aircraft proposed, but never manufactured


  1. ^ Morrow and Fritsche 1967, p.
  2. ^ Morrow and Fritsche 1967, p.
  3. ^ Morrow and Fritsche 1967, p.
  4. ^ Morrow and Fritsche 1967, p.
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  7. ^ Morrow and Fritsche 1967, p.
  8. ^ Morrow and Fritsche 1967, p.
  • Morrow, Walker C.; Carl B. Fritsche (1967). The Metalclad Airship ZMC-2. Grosse Ile: W.C. Morrow.


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