In 1941, Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee merged to form Convair, and Stinson Aircraft became a division of Convair.
In July 1948 the Stinson factory was closed and five month later Convair sold Stinson Aircraft to Piper Aircraft. The company that Eddie Stinson had founded 22 years earlier had built over 12,000 aircraft.
Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation; title adopted from April 30,1954 by Consolidated Vultee following acquisition in 1953 of major shareholdings by General Dynamics. Major products have been the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger and F-106 Delta Dart interceptors, B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber and Convair 880, and 990 four-jet commercial transports.
Developed subsequently F-111/FB-111 variable-geometry combat aircraft, now the responsibility of GD's Fort Worth Division. Convair was grouped with GD's Fort Worth and Pomona Divisions in September 1970 to form the single Convair Aerospace Division, but Fort Worth was again made a separate division in June 1974. Convair Division at San Diego became responsible for commercial aircraft and space exploration systems, product support for Convair 240/340/440 and derivatives and the Convair 880/990. It also built major components for McDonnell Douglas DC- 10, Space Shuttle Orbiter vehicle and Tomahawk cruise missile.