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Vultee
Airplane Manufacturing Corp

 

1923: Acquisition by Reuben H Fleet of Gallaudet and Dayton-Wright interests
1924: Buffalo NY.
 
Vultee entered aircraft manufacturing in mid-1930s, having formed in 1932 the Airplane Development Corporation, which two years later was acquired by the Aviation Manufacturing Corporation-AVCO, Downey CA (old Emsco plant). A Vultee Aircraft Division of the latter company was formed in 1936, becoming (Gerard Freebairn) Vultee Aircraft Inc. when it acquired the parent corporation's assets in 1939.
 
First product was the V-1 eight-passenger monoplane, but became better known for its military aircraft, of which most notable were the V-11 two/three-seat attack monoplane, built for Brazil, China, and Turkey, and a license sold to the USSR; the improved V-12 for China; more than 11,000 BT-13/BT-15 and SNV Valiant two-seat basic trainers for the USAAF and USN between 1940 and 1944; V- 48 Vanguard single-seat fighters for China and USAAF: and V-72 Vengeance dive-bombers for the RAF, USAAF and Brazil between 1941 -1942.
 
Gerard Vultee was killed in a crash of his personal Stinson in 1938; Richard Palmer as president.
1940: Vultee Aircraft Inc, on acqusition of Barkley-Grow and Stinson Divisions of AVCO.
1940: Nashville (TN) Div.
 
Vultee purchased Stinson Aircraft Division of the Aviation Manufacturing Corporation in 1940, producing Stinson Model 74s for the USAAF as L-1 Vigilant during Second World War. In December 1941 Vultee bought a 34 percent controlling interest in another subsidiary of The Aviation Corporation, Consolidated Aircraft Inc, with which it merged in 1943 to form the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation.
 
1942: Name changed to Convair.
 
Except only for V-1, V-11, V-12, V-72, and V-77, the prefix was not used at the factory or design levels, and was most likely the doing of media scribes who presumed a "V" for Vultee would follow other manufacturers' styles—"NA" for North American, "L" for Lockheed, etc.

 

 

 


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