Mercury Corporation

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Mercury Corporation
IndustryAerospace, General Manufacturing
FounderHenry Kleckler, William Chadeayne
HeadquartersHammondsport, New York,
United States
Number of locations
New York, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Mexico
ServicesCustom Manufacturing
SubsidiariesAirspeed, LLC

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

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

In 1927, The company renamed itself Mercury Aircraft. It was 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]


Summary of aircraft built by Mercury Aircraft
Model name First flight Number built Type
Aerial Mercury Senior 1925 1 Single-engine mailplane[6]
Aerial Mercury Junior 1925 at least 3 3-seat transport or mailplane[6][7]
Mercury Arrow 1928 xx Biplane
Mercury Chic T-2 1928 xx Light aircraft
Mercury Kitten 1928 1 Light aircraft


  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. ^ "none". 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.
  6. ^ a b "Aircraft Ma–Me:Mercury". Aircraft of North America 1903–2003. Aerofiles. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Mercury Jr". Aviation. Vol. XIX no. 19. November 9, 1925. p. 682. (Registration required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |registration= (help)