Formed to build Caproni bombers and civil transports after First World War, did little business but bought 1928 by Canadian financier Clement Keys, merged into General Aviation Manufacturing 1933 and…
Made extravagant claims for socalled ‘channel-wing’ aircraft of which examples flown 1948, 1953 and 1964.
Anton Cvjetkovic built light aircraft in Yugoslavia 1951 and in USA 1962, 1965 and 1986, many sets of plans sold.
Nicholas E. D’Apuzzo produced Denight Special racer 1948, D-260 (see Parsons-Jocelyn) Senior Aero Sport 1964, Junior Aero Sport 1965 and later D-201 Sportwing.
Daedalus Research Inc., Petersburg, Virginia, built GRP-350 ‘slaved tandem freewing’ vectored-thrust turboprop 1989.
Dallas Aero Service developed Dalaero upgrades of Lodestar 1959-63.
Dayton (Ohio) Air Racing Association built Miss Dara racer (rebuilt B&B Special) 1958.
Dart Aircraft Co. formed 1933 by Albert Mooney and K.K. Culver at Columbus, Ohio, acquiring from Lambert Aircraft rights to Dart 2-seat monoplane, built in various versions. Company renamed Culver…
Bradley Davenport, Colorado Aero Technical College, built BD-2 Nuggitt single-seat aerobatic biplane 1967.
Harold R. Davis, Hobart, Indiana, built Challis Special single-seat cabin monoplane 1956.
Walter Davis formed Davis Aircraft Corp. January 1929 at Richmond, Indiana, to take over Vulcan Aircraft, thus American Moth became Davis Monoplane. Test pilot Louis Love shared in design of…
Davis Aircraft Corp. formed March 1957 at Lake Village, Indiana, by Leeon Davis to produce DA-1 high-wing 5-seater. Followed with DA-2, DA-3 and DA-5A for homebuilders.
David R. Davis not only founded Douglas but designed wing of B-24 Liberator and several other aircraft and in 1940 published patented plan for Manta fighter, with thick monoplane wing…
Formed 1920 at Santa Monica by wealthy sportsman David R. Davis and aircraft designer Donald Wills Douglas. Office behind barber shop on Pico Boulevard. Built Cloudster for Davis, then 38…
Formed March 1917 from original Wright company, Orville being appointed technical consultant though objective was to mass-produce to government specification. Three large plants, 2 at Dayton and 1 between nearby…
Daytona Aircraft Construction Inc., Deland, Florida, formed 1990 to produce former Jamieson 2-/4-seater as D-120 to D-300, number indicating horsepower.
Donald de Lackner flew DH-4 Heli-vector, later called Aerocycle, January 1955, but market for simple 'platform' helicopter proved elusive.
De Vore Aviation Corp. marketed Sunbird 2-seater 1986, based on British Ben-Air Sparrowhawk.
Herbert F. Dean killed on maiden flight 1961 of Delt-Air 250 pusher tailless delta.
San Antonio, Texas, owned 60% by Alenia, major upgrades of jet aircraft (One-Eleven. DC-8, 727, Learjet).
Bruce Del Mar established Del Mar Engineering Laboratories, Los Angeles, in 1940, main product a succession of Whirlymite ultralight helicopters.
Students at Delgado Trade School, New Orleans, built several aircraft 1932-7, including 2 trim low-wing racers. Delgado Maid was powered by Curtiss D-12 (June 1935), later Conqueror (about February 1936),…
Ralph R. Denien converted 1930 Hocker parasol monoplane into Sparrow Hawk biplane 1961.
Ronald A. Denight built light aircraft 1983.
William Denight built Goodyear-type racer 1949.
Denney Aerocraft Co., Idaho, have sold over 1,200 kits for Kitfox Mks I, II and III 2-seaters, which are also licence-built in Australia, Brazil, Philippines, Portugal and S. Africa. See…
Detroit Aircraft Corp. was giant parent formed 1929 in era of conglomerates aiming at fast financial returns. In a few weeks purchased Ryan, Eastman, Lockheed, Blackburn, Aircraft Development, Marine Aircraft,…
Jim Dewey built light aircraft 1981.
Dietrick Sales and Service Co. produced light aircraft 1978.
Doak Aircraft Co. incorporated Torrance, Los Angeles, 1940, to research VTOL. Built Model 16 (US Army VZ-4) flown 1958. Assets sold to Douglas 1961.
Glidden S. Doman formed Doman Helicopters, Danbury, Connecticut, 31 August 1945, to develop helicopter with hingeless blades and enclosed self-lubricating hub. Rotor tested on Sikorsky R-6, led to various prototypes…
Company restructured as Douglas Aircraft Co. 30 November 1928, new location 3000 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, on Clover Field. Continued rapid expansion supported by observation, bomber, torpedo and civil…
Donald Wills Douglas graduated US Naval Academy, graduated/lectured MIT, then chief engineer Glenn L. Martin. Moved LA and with sportsman David R. Davis formed Davis-Douglas Co. 22 July 1920; 5…
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