When the Mitchell family shows up at their corporate headquarters, a small collection of tin-roofed buildings on Texas 124, they’re continuing a nearly 70-year tradition responsible for seeding the roots of a multimillion-dollar industry.
Two former fighter pilots, one military surplus training plane and a pair of rice-farming brothers revolutionized how growers on the Texas coast would plant their crops when they founded M&M Air Services in 1946. It led to bigger yields and spurred a boom in agriculture aviation – just a seedling industry before the company came along.
It all started with a Stearman biplane.
For the complete story by Tim Monzingo of the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise, click here.
Photo via the Beaumont Enterprise