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Douglas Aircraft
     Donald Wills Douglas entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he spent much of his time building and testing model airplanes. Douglas' family, fellow midshipmen and professors thought his interest in aviation would pass. They were very surprised when he left the Naval Academy in 1912, before he graduated, to look for work in aeronautical engineering. He held several engineering jobs.  In 1920, he and millionaire sportsman David R. Davis formed  the Davis-Douglas Company to build to build an airplane to make the first nonstop, coast-to-coast flight.  This resulted in the Cloudster. It did not meet its goal, but did become the first aircraft to lift a useful load exceeding its own weight. It ultimately became the flagship of Claude Ryan's San Diego-to-Los Angeles airline. Davis lost interest and sold out to Douglas, who incorporated The Douglas Company in July 1921. He finally landed his own Navy contract—to build torpedo bombers, starting with the DT-1 (Douglas Torpedo, First).
      Despite the 1929 crash that started the Great Depression, Douglas kept his company alive and financially sound building military aircraft. In 1932, he started building the DC-1 and launched his career as a builder of transports. By 1940, sales of DC-2 and DC-3 transports and their military derivatives rose to nearly $61 million.
Donald Wills Douglas Sr. was company president until 1957, when his son, Donald Douglas Jr., took over that position. At the age of 75, on April 28, 1967, Douglas merged his company with the McDonnell Aircraft Company and retired.  For Aircraft after 1967, see McDonald-Douglas
Douglas DC-3 
The airplane that really started commercial aviation in the United States.  Regarded as many as the most dependable airplane every built.
We have many versions of it located throughout our web.  See links on the DC-3 Page.
Douglas DC-6
One of the first planes to fly regularly scheduled around-the-world flights.
Douglas DC-7 
The last of the Douglas prop-driven transports.

Douglas DC-8
 The DC-8 was the first Douglas jet-powered transport.  Later jets were built after the merger.
See McDonald Douglas.
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