|Dayton Factory Turns Out New Commercial Plane
The Driggs-Johnson Canary is the first commercial airplane manufactured in Dayton.
It was given its maiden flight on Monday, March 10, at Johnson's field.
|Left to Right, Walter E. Lees, Ivan H. Driggs and E. A. Johnson
Walter E. Lees is the chief pilot of the Johnson Airplane and Supply Company.
Ivan H. Driggs is the designer of the plane and E. A Johnson is the president of the company.
This from THE DAYTON HERALD, SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 1925
After World War I, Don Luscombe developed the Monocoupe aircraft,
a very strong, one-piece wing, fully enclosed cabin craft.
|During the depression, Monocoupe lost a major financial backer and most of the marketplace
because of slow sales and the general economic condition of the country. Like other businessmen of the era, Don was forced to leave
Monocoupe and witness its demise. However, he wasn't through yet with aviation. he had a better concept in mind.
Luscombe assembled a small team which included Ivan Driggs, his chief engineer from Monocoupe, and developed a radical new design in private air transportation. That concept used the emerging technology of aluminum, monocoque-skinned airplanes where the structural loads were to be carried by the skin itself rather than in underlying tubes or wood as had been done in conventional aircraft structures.
by Douglas Combs, president DLAHF
|Driggs-Johnson Canary, Front view|
|Driggs-Johnson Canary, Rear view|
|Driggs-Johnson Canary, View of Cockpit