Richard A. Henson
|Richard Adams Henson|
|Born||December 12, 1910
|Died||June 12, 2002
|Alma mater||Mountain Park Institute in North Carolina|
|Known for||Henson Airlines|
|Home town||Hagerstown, Maryland|
|Board member of||Richard A. Henson Foundation|
|Parent(s)||Frank and Ora Belle Henson|
Richard Adams Henson (December 12, 1910–June 12, 2002) was an American test pilot, flight school operator, and founder of the modern "commuter airline" concept.
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.
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.
In 1981 Henson moved his corporate operations to Salisbury, Maryland.
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 1990, Henson founded the Richard A. Henson Foundation, Inc., a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving communities in and around Salisbury Maryland. Endowments included a multimillion-dollar gift to create the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology in 1988 and the Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation center in 2012.
Henson remained an active pilot until the age of 90.
- John R. Breihan. Maryland Aviation.
- Kent A. Mitchell. the Hagerstown Airport. p. 227.
- Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore - 20 Years History
- Maryland Nurse. 1 February 2012. Missing or empty
- Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Henson Award