Final Flight: Sam Williams

 - December 28, 2009, 11:11 AM

Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of engine manufacturer Williams International, died on June 22 at the age of 88. Best known in business aviation for his small turbofan engines, Williams envisioned a new category of small personal jets. His FJ44 engine spawned the development of aircraft such as Cessna’s CitationJet series and the Emivest SJ30. A recipient of many prestigious aviation awards, he was also an inductee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.