Donors and Investors

About the Company

Spitfire Aircraft Company is owned by Russ Harmuth, who has been in aviation for 40 years. Russ apprenticed at United Airlines as a mechanic and also served in Ground Equipment Engineering as a Design Engineering Draftsman. He holds a Private pilot's license as well as A&P and IA mechanic certifications. Russ has been restoring champion quality antique aircraft continually for 26 years.

Awards Russ has received at various fly-ins on the West Coast:

  • Best Piper (Cub)
  • Best Bellanca (14-13)
  • Best Fairchild (F24)
  • Best Fairchild (PT-23)
  • Reserve Grand Champion (Stearman Speedmail)
  • Grand Champion (Stearman Speedmail)
  • Awards ten years in a row for his own personal Stearman
  • 1928 Curtis Robin - Mayors Award, 2006

Read about Russ' vision.
This letter was written in 2005 or so.