Aerial Service

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Mercury Corporation
Industry Aerospace, General Manufacturing
Founded 1921
Founder(s) Henry Kleckler, William Chadeayne
Headquarters

Hammondsport, New York

United States
Number of locations New York, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Mexico
Subsidiaries Airspeed, LLC

Aerial Service Corporation was an aircraft manufacturer established in Hammondsport, New York in 1920. It aircraft using the name Mercury Aircraft.[1]

ASC started as an aircraft supply house selling surplus parts for Curtiss JN-4 aircraft flown after WWI. Once the supply of parts ran out, the company manufactured various aircraft components including radios and dirgible gondolas.

In 1927, The company renamed itself to Mercury Aircraft led by Joseph F. Meade, Sr. and Harvey Mummert.[2] In 1928, Mercury came out with the two place all-metal aircraft, the T-2 Mercury Chic for $3500.[3]

With a close relationship to Curtiss aircraft's home. Mercury built a replica of the 1908 AEA June Bug in 1976, flying it in airshows across the country.[4]


Mercury Corporation now operates in multiple locations around the world manufacturing custom and mass-production components[5]

Aircraft[edit]

Summary of aircraft built by
Model name First flight Number built Type
Mercury Arrow 1928 xx Biplane
Mercury Chic T-2 1928 xx Light aircraft
Mercury Kitten 1928 1 Light aircraft

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald M. Pattillo. A History in the Making: 80 Turbulent Years in the American General Aviation Industry. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Charles R. Mitchell. Hammondsport and Keuka Lake. p. 42. 
  3. ^ Popular Aviation: 2. May 1931. 
  4. ^ Kirk W. House. Hell-Rider to King of the Air: Glenn Curtiss's Life of Innovation. p. 84. 
  5. ^ "Mercury Corporation History". Retrieved 1 May 2012.