Seversky Aircraft Corporation
Republic Aviation Corporation
Founded as Seversky Aircraft Corporation at Long Island, New York, in 1931; name changed to Republic Aviation Corporation in 1939. Secured $56.5 million contract for fighter from the USAAC in 1940, largest single fighter order ever placed until then by U.S. Government. Built P- 35, P-44 and P-43 Lancers for USAAC plus some EP-1 s, based on P-35, for Swedish Government. Lancer design developed further into P-47 Thunderbolt for USAAF, of which 15,329 were built during Second World War. Immediate postwar designs included the Seabee single-engine amphibian, the XF-12 high-altitude long-range four-engine photo-reconnaissance aircraft prototype, and the F-84 Thunderjet/Thunderstreak/Thunderflash series of jetfighters. The larger and heavier F-105 Thunderchief followed in 1955, and in 1965 the company became the Republic Aviation Division of Fairchild Hiller Corporation.
Republic became a division of Fairchild in 1965, becoming the Fairchild Republic Company in 1972.