CONVAIR

Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corp. (Convair) formed March 1943 as unit of Avco, linking Vultee (which incorporated Stinson) with Consolidated, managing 102,000 employees in 13 divisions: San Diego, Fort Worth, Vultee Field (Downey), Consairway, New Orleans, Miami, Stinson, Stout, Allentown, Nashville, Elizabeth City, Louisville and Tucson. Wartime production by Convair included 21 prototypes and 9,760 Liberators, 2,393 Catalinas, 216 Coronados, 1,531 Vengeances, 11,537 Valiants, 3,590 Sentinels, 500 Reliants, 180 Seawolves, 324 Vigilants, 739 Privateers and 27 Privateer Express. But after VJ-Day employment slumped to 13,700 and Vultee, Stinson and Nashville closed. Work centred at San Diego on Convair-Liners (CV-240, 340, 440, total 1,068) and at Fort Worth on gigantic B-36 bomber, total 385. At lowest post-war point, 1947, Convair acquired by Atlas Corp., Floyd B. Odlum becoming chairman; but at height of Korean expansion, 1953, control bought by John Jay Hopkins as key element in General Dynamics. Other recent programmes included 875 F-102A Delta Dagger interceptors and 63 TF-102A, 277 F-106A Delta Dart interceptors and 63 F-106B, 2 XB-58 Hustler supersonic bomber prototypes, 28 YB-58A and 86 B-58A, and (a marketing and financial disaster) only 65 CV-880 and 37 CV-990 jetliners 1959-64. See General Dynamics.

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