Babcock Airplane Corp
Born at Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA in 1886, Verne Clifton "Bob" Babcock's first design was a copy of the Wright Flyer built in 1905, it was wrecked on takeoff at Bangor, Michigan in 1907. Babcock moved to Seattle, Washington, and built a second Wright copy in 1909, the same year he and a partner formed Babcock-Breininger Aeroplane Supply Co., building several more derivative aircraft. Babcock moved on to several other aviation training and engineering activities throughout the USA before forming Babcock Aircraft Co. in Akron, Ohio, in 1924.
The company experienced several reorganizations and in 1930 it was acquired by the S. Taubman Aircraft Co., and became known also as Babcock-Vlcek Co. In 1938, Babcock formed the Babcock Airplane Corp. at De Land, Florida and during WW II built Waco CG-4 assault gliders. Babcock left the aviation industry in 1945, and sold the rights to produce his LC-13 to Bartlett Aircraft Corp. at Rosemead, California. Bob Babcock passed away on February 13, 1972.