During the 1960s, Leonard Lundgren and Ed Maurer flew their own planes to work sites. The city’s commercial air service was spotty back then, leaving the Austin design partners with few travel choices as their business spread across Texas and beyond.

Once, over Junction at dusk, a hail storm caught Lundgren by surprise, tore out the windshield and twisted the propeller into a U-shape.

"He was so beat up, I remember when he took his shirt off, he was purple and blue," recalls his son, Lance Lundgren. "He was saved by auto pilot and landed the plane safely."

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