Floyd Piper ’43
Aeronautics pioneer Floyd Piper ’43 of Wichita, Kansas, died June 27, 2015, at age 93.
Piper was a military pilot during World War II, flying in the Pacific Theater. He was a licensed pilot for 60 years and a flight instructor for over 30 years. After the war he worked for Boeing Air Plane Company, Collins Radio Company, and Cessna Aircraft, where he set up the Avionics Lab Facility. He went on to become chief engineer and chief systems engineer for Aircraft Radio Corporation (Division of Cessna), Edo Aire Corporation where he served as president, and IFR Systems. He was also an electrical engineering instructor at Wichita State University.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Elizabeth, two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.