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William Bushnell Stout was an aeronautical engineer who designed several aircraft using principles similar to those of Professor Hugo Junkers, the noted German airplane designer. He had established the Stout Engineering Laboratories at Detroit in 1919., which was followed in 1922 by the Stout Metal Airplane Co. Henry Ford bought this company in 1925 and set up the Ford Motor Company Metal Airplane Division. William Stout left the Metal Airplane division of the Ford Motor Company in 1930, and continued to operate the Stout Engineering Laboratory, producing various aircraft. In 1954, Stout purchased the rights to the Ford Trimotor in an attempt to produce new examples, such as the Stout Bushmaster 2000, but this was not a success.