Richard A. Henson

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Richard A. Henson
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Hagerstown Regional Airport named after Richard A. Henson
Born 1910
Hagerstown, Maryland
Died June 12, 2002
Nationality American
Alma mater Mountain Park Institute in North Carolina
Known for Henson Airlines
Home town Hagerstown, Maryland
Board member of
Richard A. Henson Foundation
Parents Frank and Ora Belle Henson
Website
http://richardhensonfoundation.org

Richard A. Henson ( 1910–2002 ) was an American test pilot, flight school operator, and founder of the modern "commuter airline" concept.

Early life[edit]

Henson was a test pilot for Fairchild Aircraft Corporation during the Depression. He also flew for hire out of the Hagerstown Airport.

In 1932, he purchased the Blue Ridge Flying Service and renamed it Henson Flying Service.

Prior to WWII, Henson formed a Civilian Pilot Training Program flight school, training pilots in the Fairchild PT-19.

In 1962, Henson started the Hagerstown Commuter airline. A low cost, rapid turnaround airline servicing Washington D.C. and Hagerstown. Henson started with Beechcraft Model 18 Twin engine aircraft.[1]

In 1981 Henson moved his corporate operations to Salisbury, Maryland.

Henson partnered with Allegheny Airlines, creating one of the first code sharing arrangements with a major airline flying Beechcraft Model 99, and Shorts 330 aircraft.[2]

Henson later partnered with Piedmont, creating "Henson, the Piedmont Regional Airline". This later was merged with US Air, the name Piedmont Airlines has been reapplied to commuter code sharing partners.

In 1984, Henson helped found the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, as one of the first board members.[3]

In 1990, Henson founded the Richard A. Henson Foundation, Inc., a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving communities in and around Salisbury Maryland.[4] Endowments included a multimillion endowment to created the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology in 1988 and the Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation center in 2012.[5]

Henson remained an active pilot until the age of 90.[6]

Honors[edit]

Hagerstown Regional Airport is named Richard A. Henson Field [7]

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the town of Princess Anne, Maryland named its conference center located on the campus after Richard A. Henson.[8]

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute is based out of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland[9]

Henson endowed the School of Science of Salisbury University in 1988 creating the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology.[10]

Annually the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore awards the Award of Excellence honoring Richard A. Henson in recognition of contributions to the community.[11]

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