A few months ago, the National Geographic Society announced it would be taking a hiatus from publishing its award-winning travel guidebook and putting it into private hands.
Now, the company has given the title to the work of a man who has been in the business of building airplanes since the 1960s.
St. George logistics, the North Carolina-based company that makes the PCC, has made its name by building airplanes for airlines, private jets and other large commercial firms.
But the company was once a bit of a mystery.
The company was founded in 1956 by Richard P. Stokes, who had previously built planes for the US military, including the Lockheed P-51 Mustang.
In 1959, he sold his interest in the company to the US government.
He became president in 1972, and he continued to operate the company until 1997, when it went into private ownership.PCC now has seven airplanes in the U.S., including two in service, one that will be scrapped in 2019, and a third that will not be built.
Its planes include the P-39 Thunderbolt and P-37 Skyhawk, the latter of which was retired in 2009.
The PCC company has a history of making planes for commercial customers, but not for governments.
That started in 1957, when the government wanted to purchase one of the planes to use for surveillance flights.
After a decade of negotiations, the US Navy awarded the company a $200,000 contract to develop the POC-2, a plane that would be used for commercial passenger transport.
The US government, however, did not have enough money to build the Poc-2 for civilian use.
The government asked the PLC to design and build a bigger plane for civilian passenger transport that would carry more passengers.PFC’s design was based on the Boeing 707, a jet that would serve as the basis for the PUC-3, a twin-engine passenger plane that was the first commercial jet to fly in the United States.
The PCC also made a plane called the PGC-6, a cargo plane that carried fuel and other equipment for the military.
The military ordered the PMC-6 to fly the U-2 reconnaissance plane, but it was never built.
The Air Force eventually bought the PWC-4 to use as a cargo and medical transport plane.
But by the 1970s, the Air Force was no longer in the market for such planes.
The Air Force did, however , purchase a PWC that was later sold to the Department of Defense, which was interested in selling the aircraft.
The Navy acquired a PCC-6 for use by the USN in the early 1970s.
The Pentagon, however,, wanted to make the plane smaller and more compact, so it purchased a new, slightly larger, PWC to fly as a research plane in the 1980s.
That PWC was renamed the PIC-2 in honor of the late Douglas Aircraft Corporation founder John Pica, who died in 2009 at age 85.
By the early 1990s, PCC had built about 50 POCs, but by 2002, the Pucas were making more than 1,500 POC aircraft.
PCC eventually sold its entire business to the Airforce, which in 2006 built the first POC plane to fly combat missions.
The plane had a maximum takeoff weight of 3,500 pounds, and it was the most powerful aircraft ever built by the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy.
Its wingspan was nearly 11 feet longer than a Boeing 737-800, and its takeoff weight was nearly 14 times that of a Boeing 747-400.
The first PCC plane went into service in 2001.
It was a single-engine jet that could carry up to 20 passengers.
The planes, which were called POC2s, were the first commercially produced, turbojet-powered, high-altitude, widebody aircraft.
Their performance was great, with a range of 1,100 miles, the ability to fly up to 4,000 feet in an hour, and high altitudes of more than 3,000 meters.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most advanced fighter plane ever built, was developed by Lockheed Martin and was intended to replace the PNC-1 and PMC aircraft.
Lockheed built about 100 of them and had them on order until 2008, when they were retired.
Lockheed Martin has said that the PCO-2 is in its final assembly line at its facility in Fort Worth, Texas.