The following information is on the Johnson Aircraft Company and its connection to Fort Worth, Texas.
Rufus Summerfield (Pop) Johnson designed several aircraft in addition to the Rocket. He worked with Globe Aircraft in Fort Worth on the Globe Swift aircraft.
The Johnson Rocket 140 and 185 aircraft was designed by Johnson and was built in Fort Worth, Texas by the Johnson Aircraft company. It was a low wing tri-cycle landing gear. The aircraft made of plywood construction with a speed of 200 mph and to sell for $5,000.00..
The plane was built under a contract with the Navy in the mid 1940s. The plants superintend was William “Bill” Knox of Fort Worth. The first aircraft was built in a small building in Niles City, east of the Fort Worth Stock Yards. It was assembled and test flown at Russell Field south of Fort Worth. The company later moved to a factory on the north end of Fort Worth’s Meacham Field.
Only about 18 aircraft were built, and only 6 are still flying.
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