Towle Marine Aircraft Engineering

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Towle Marine Aircraft Engineering Company
Industry Amphibious Aircraft Manufacturer
Successor Towle Aircraft Company (1928-1932)
Founded 1927
Defunct 1927
Headquarters Detroit, Michigan
Key people
Thomas Towle

Towle Marine Aircraft Engineering Company was an American aircraft manufacturer of light amphibious aircraft.

The short lived Towle Marine Aircraft Engineering Company, and its successor Towle Aircraft Company were founded by former Stout Metal Airplane Division of the Ford Motor Company engineer Thomas Towle initially to build a custom round-the world amphibious aircraft, and follow-on aircraft based on the design.[1]

In a 1930 patent, Towle listed the Towle Aircraft Company as part of the Michigan Amphibian Airplane Corporation.[2]

At the height of the depression, financing was difficult. Towle's TA-3 used diesel engines on loan from Packard, and was funded by Dr. Adams, a "painless dentist" of the Detroit region.[3]


Summary of aircraft built by
Model name First flight Number built Type
Towle WC 1928 2 Amphibious
Towle TA-2 1929 1 Amphibious
Towle TA-3 1931 1 Amphibious


  1. ^ Robert F. Pauley. Michigan Aircraft Manufacturers. 
  2. ^ "Patent 1888335" (PDF). Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ ROBERT B. MEYER (1964). The First Airplane Diesel Engine: Packard Model DR-980 of 1928. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION • NATIONAL AIR MUSEUM WASHINGTON, D.C.