McDonnell Douglas Aircraft

McDonnell Douglas was formed in 1967 by the merger of McDonnell Aircraft and the Douglas Aircraft company, McDonnell building primarily military aircraft including the F4 Phantom and the more civil focused Douglas aircraft who produced the famous DC-3.

McDonnell Douglas merged with, and was absorbed by Boeing in 1997.

Donald Wills Douglas formed Douglas Aircraft in 1920 in Los Angeles.

James Smith McDonnell founded J.S. McDonnel & Associates in Milwaukee in 1926 with the idea to produce personal aircraft for family use, but in the great depression the company failed and he worked for other aircraft companies until he formed a new company McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in 1938 based outside of St. Louis.

World War II was a major boost for Douglas who produced almost 30,000 DC-3 aircraft.

McDonnell Douglas MD11 TriJet


After the war Douglas continued developing aircraft, the DC-6 in 1946 and DC-7 in 1953. In 1958 it produced its first jet aircraft, the F3D Skynight and the F4D Skyray in 1951. The first jet airliner was the DC-8 in 1958 which competed with the Boeing 707.

At the same time the smaller Douglas Aircraft was developing the FH-1 Phantom, F2H Banshee, F3H Demon and the F-101 Voodoo.

By the 1960s both companies were struggling, Douglas with the development costs of the DC-8 and DC-9 twin jet and McDonnell with the downturn in military orders. Discussions on a merger started in 1963.

At merger it was reckoned that Douglas aircraft was less than a year away from collapse due to the stiff penalties from delayed DC-8 & DC-9s. The new company president David S Lewis turned the company around within two years and launched the DC-10 wide body Trijet.

The DC-10 began production in 1968 and first deliveries were in 1971, it had a lead on its rival, the Lockheed TriStar due to the engine issues with the TriStars RB211s, however the aircraft was to suffer from major issues including design problems that led to accidents. The DC-10 overcame its issues and went on to out live its competitor being used by the USAF as an airborne tanker and updated to the MD-11.

The last McDonnell Douglas aircraft produced before the merger with Boeing was the MD-95, later to be called the Boeing 717.


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