(1921-2012) Enshrined November 8, 2003
Mr. Colbert helped build warplanes during WWII at Nashville’s Vultee Aircraft plant. In 1944, he and a partner founded Colemill Flying Service at Cornelia Fort Airpark in Nashville. In 1962, Bill Colbert’s idea to convert aircraft began with an FAA Approved STC to modify an Aero Commander 500A. Since that first conversion, Colemill Enterprises has become the world’s largest and most famous aircraft modifications company. Colemill has become internationally famous for conversions of the Piper Navajo, Beechcraft Baron, Beechcraft Bonanza and Cessna 310 series airplanes. The company holds more than twenty STC’s and completes approximately forty-five conversions each year. Colbert pioneered the aircraft modifications and conversions business into what has become his company’s slogan “Making Great Airplanes Better”.
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