The Pheasant Aircraft Company

The Pheasant Aircraft Company was an American aircraft manufacturer.

The Pheasant Aircraft Company
Aircraft manufacturer
SuccessorDayton Aero & Engineering Company
HeadquartersMemphis, Missouri, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Key people
Steve Wittman
A Pheasant Flight Engine
G-CASR. The "Red Pheasant". Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw. Built in Memphis, Missouri in 1927. Flown to Canada in 1928. Flew first airmail out of Prince Albert in 1931.

In 1927, flight school operator Lee R. Briggs had mobilized Memphis, Missouri community members to incorporate a company for aircraft production. The first aircraft was a three-seater designed by Orville Hickman. Production peaked at one unit per week. On December 5, 1927 Biggs died in a training accident.[1] Aircraft racer Steve Wittman took over as chief test pilot. The Pheasant Flight engine was developed in house for the H-10 Aircraft, but only three were built. The H-10 was flown successfully across the country in several events. Wittman and convinced investor Adolf Bechaud to move the company to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1929.[2] The company was absorbed into Dayton Aero & Engineering Company in 1930.[3]

Red Cherry Airlines started the first private airline in Saskatchewan with a Pheasant H-10 in 1928, using the aircraft for barnstorming charging passengers by weight for flights.[4] The biplane eventually was sold to the Northern Aero Company flight school after the stock market crash. The airplane crashed in 1932, and was restored over four years in 1964. It now resides in the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw.[3]

One example of a Pheasant H-10 is owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association and is on display in the EAA AirVenture Museum.[5]

A mural of the Pheasant aircraft is painted on the side of the original factory in Memphis,. 040°27′53″N 092°10′17″W / 40.46472°N 92.17139°W / 40.46472; -92.17139 and a volunteer effort in April 2012 accomplished purchasing a surviving Pheasant and returned it to the city of its manufacture.[6] Pheasant Airplane, Memphis, MO


Summary of aircraft built by The Pheasant Aircraft Company
Model name First flight Number built Type
Pheasant H-10 1927 41 Biplane
Pheasant Traveller 1929 3 Biplane


  1. ^ "Pheasant Airplane Mural ~ Memphis, MO". Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Pheasant H-10 History". Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Red Cherry Airline". Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Pioneer recalls Pheasant". Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  5. ^ EAA AirVenture Museum (2010). "1929 Pheasant H-10 - NC151N". Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Memphis residents to spend $75,000 to bring antique airplane home". KTVO-TV website. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2012-01-22.

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