Frazier Aviation, Inc. History
In 1953 Frazier Aviation Services was started by Leona (Lee) P. Frazier. It started out as part time, as she was employed by Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica.
Robert (Bob) L. Frazier Jr. was Director of Middle East /Africa Sales and Supply for Douglas Aircraft during the World War II. He continued in that capacity after the war.
Bob Jr. met Lee at her father’s diner right outside the Douglas gate building A20.
1952 Bob saw more and more requirements for spares, but with production ramping up in Santa Monica and elsewhere, production requirements came first. Spares were a secondary thought. Bob Jr., needing spares, went to Lee, who found that the spares requirements could be filled faster through another department called Purchase Parts. Internally, that department could not accommodate the external representatives.
The problem was that customers relied heavily on getting their spares directly from their Douglas representatives.
1953 Frazier Aviation Services started Commercial Parts.
1954 Lee leaves Douglas Aircraft.
1956 Frazier Aviation was keeping them both busy. Bob Jr. leaves Douglas.
1958 Frazier Aviation Services officially becomes Frazier Aviation, Inc.
In 1976 Robert (also known as Bob) L. Frazier III joined the company during law school, and became so enthralled that he changed his career. He went back to school to get an MBA in Finance & Manufacturing Management, at night, from Loyola University.
In 1994 Robert (Bob) III started to buy up the stock from the family and management. Lee continued as Chairperson, and then Chairperson Emeritus until her passing in 2011.
Since that time the company has seen numerous changes and growth, and is now recognized as one of the leading quality manufacturers and suppliers of aerospace component spares worldwide. Today, Bob is CEO. He acknowledges the roots from which Frazier Aviation started, and he continues to strategically direct Frazier Aviation in new directions of growth, and higher levels of aerospace parts integration and quality.