Donald Douglas, 1892-1981 Douglas Aircraft

 

1909 Annapolis, 1912-15 MIT, 1915 Martin, 1916 US Army Signal Corps, 1919 Martin

1920 Douglas-Davis Co. Los Angeles, 1923 World Cruisers, 1933-4 DC1 & DC2 at TWA request

 

American request 1936 DC3, 1st profitable airliner, 80% market, 800 civil +15,000 C47 for WWII

 

1938 DC4, 1946 DC6, 1953 DC7, War troop transport DDay, Bulge paratroopers

 

1959 DC8 Longer range and more seats than B-707, but later delivery

 

1969 DC9 and 1971 DC10 costs, shortages lead to 1977 McDonnell merger, 1997 Boeing acquisition