Christen Industries and Aviat Aircraft

Christen Industries was a maker of homebuilt aircraft kits founded in the late 1970s by Frank Christensen and based in Hollister, California, to produce the Eagle aerobatic biplane.  In 1983, Christen acquired its main competitor Pitts, moved its headquarters to Wyoming, and continued producing kits for both the Pitts Special and the Eagle. 

Christen was acquired by Aviat Aircraft in 1991.  By that time, Christen had created its second airplane, a small short-takeoff-and-landing high-winger called the Husky, but this is mainly associated with the Aviat name.  As of 2017, Aviat manufactures the Pitts, the Eagle, the Husky, and refurbished Cessna 152s.