Jeff Rogers was the first paid employee for what was known as The Airplane Factory. Jeff was offered $1,000 by his employer if he could master forming a T-18 canopy with perfect optics. After months and months of research, trial and error he did just that. Now armed with the capability to form a molded canopy with perfect optics the possibilities for future development were endless. There are few companies in the United States that have perfected this technique. The Airplane Factory made canopies, drones and ultralights and was eventually renamed The Airplane Plastics Co., a division of Fox Lite Inc. The Airplane Plastics Co. division occupied a back room cranking along with three employees. In 1998 after 22 years with the company he and his wife Becky purchased the assets of The Airplane Plastics Co., a division of Fox Lite Inc. and named their company simply Airplane Plastics. Becky had not worked at the company but had helped in the booth at Oshkosh for 16 years. She left her job at an electronics company to be partner and office manager. Married since 1982, their work ethic, amazing employees and family and friends have helped build the business to what it is today.
Airplane Plastics specializes in custom plastic forming. Canopies and windows for experimental aircraft have been a major part of our business for years. We have also manufactured warbird canopies, car, boat and motorcycle windshields, aquariums, skylights, visors, simulator screens and a multitude of miscellaneous custom items. Airplane Plastics specializes in forming sheet goods including acrylic, polycarbonate, ABS, Sintra, Corian and 3-Form. We thrive on parts that are technically difficult to form. Heavy or light-gauge transparencies. You can expect beautiful optics and parts that fit at an affordable price. We pride ourselves on our customer service, satisfaction and follow through.
Several of our airplane canopy customers include: Van’s Aircraft, Rutan, Kimball Enterprises, Ezell Aviation, Zivko Aeronautics, Aviat, Steen Aero, Mustang Aero, Rans, Stewart 51 and Questair LLC. We have parts in numerous museums: the Smithsonian (Voyager and Betty Skelton S-1 canopy), Wright Patterson Air Force Museum, Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum and the U.S.S. Midway. Airplane Plastics has manufactured windows that were then coated as projection screens that are in a train in a famous amusement park. Our simulator screen work has been contracted by the likes of Boeing, Da-Lite Screen Co. and Stewart Film Screen.
From flight simulation to global amusement, no one brings the passion, expertise and experience that our team offers on every single project. We never know what is going to come through the door next but are always up for the challenge. Bring it on!!