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Douglas Aircraft Company

The Douglas Aircraft Company was founded by Donald Wills Douglas in July of 1921.

It created many aircraft for the United States Air Force, and also the many of the "DC" line aircraft (DC-1, for example).

The company initially built torpedo bombers for the US Navy, but developed a number of variants on these aircraft including observer aircraft and a commercial airmail variant. Within five years the company was turning out over 100 aircraft a year. among the early employees at Douglas were Edward Heinemann, James Kindelberger, and John Northrop. The company retained its military market and expanded into amphibians in the late 1920s, also moving its facilities to Santa Monica. In 1933 Douglas produced a commercial two-engined transport the DC-2, following it with the famous DC-3 in 1936.

In 1967, the company was merged with McDonnell Aircraft Company to form McDonnell Douglas, which in 1997 became a part of the Boeing Company.

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