Velocity Aircraft Inc., was formed in 1984 by Danny Maher in Sebastian, Florida, to develop and market a new 4-seat canard aircraft, based upon the successful Long-EZ design. After the prototype flew in July 1985, several kits were sold and close contact was maintained with initial builders to get valuable feedback in areas where the design could be (and subsequently was) improved. The Velocity received rave reviews by all of the flying press, and the 173 "LW" (long wing) model went on to further enhance the Velocity design.
200 W. Airport Dr
One of Danny Maher's first kits was purchased by Duane Swing and his son Scott Swing, of Dayton, Ohio. After building their first Velocity, the Swings decided to make a retractable gear option available for the kit. In doing so, the Swings had developed a close relationship with Dan Maher. Thus, when Dan decided to sell the business, he first called the Swings. The Swings liked the proven and stable Velocity design so much that they bought the company assets from Dan in 1992 and moved their families to Sebastian.
The Swings immediately established a marketing program to promote the original standard Velocity, while taking the business much further. New avenues were explored to enhance the existing Velocity designs, ranging from the addition of pre-molded kit parts to the gull-wing door, introduced in 1995.
1996-8: 200 W. Airport Dr, Sebastian, FL 32958, USA.
In 2008 Velocity Aircraft announced it had been purchased and would become a subsidiary of the Rocket Racing Group. Duane Swing simply wanted to retire.