Aircraft Spruce Co-Founder Bob Irwin Dies

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Aircraft Spruce co-founder Bob Irwin died June 26 at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Irwin and his wife Flo started Fullerton Air Parts in 1955, Aircraft Spruce in 1965 and ACS Products Co. in 1983, building the business into the largest supplier of aviation supplies in the U.S. In addition to his business interests, Irwin had a doctorate degree in chemical engineering and worked in propulsion testing for Aerojet General during the 1960s.

Before Irwin became a pilot, he was a Link trainer instructor in the Second World War. He got his pilot certificate in 1948 and remained an active pilot for 50 years, logging more than 2,200 hours in his BT-13, Navion and Navion Rangemaster.