New perspective into Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman. Includes activities of J.M. ‘Jake’ Moellendick, the “Father” of aviation in Wichita. These intrepid entrepreneurs, self-taught in their respective skills, developed an industry in the design and production of airplanes. From humble, primitive beginnings they built empires while establishing grounds rules governing the operations of the industry, to include production methods, standards and engineering practices. Their actions brought recognition to Wichita, Kansas as “The air Capital of the World.” But rifts between them brought separation, as they went their separate ways to build that fledgling industry into the giant it became.