Re: What Happened to Convair?

From:         dsmith@hpl.hp.com (David R. Smith)
Organization: Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA
Date:         07 Apr 94 14:04:44 PDT
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Karl Swartz (kls@ohare.Chicago.COM) wrote:
: >Convair became a division of General Dynamics.  This aircraft
: >concern was sold to Lockheed sometime back.

: Convair did indeed become a division of General Dynamics, but its not
: the piece of GD that was sold to Lockheed...
: Lockheed acquired GD's Fighter Aircraft Division in Fort
: Worth, Texas, known these days for the F-16 though also the producer
: of the F-111 and other military aircraft.

GD Fort Worth was once (actually twice) part of Convair.  Indeed, it developed
and built the B-58.  I believe the F-102 and F-106 were also built by the
Convair Fort Worth Division, but I don't have documentation of that.
Quoting from The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Aircraft:

Consolidated Aircraft Corporation
  Original factory was quickly outgrown by the company formed 29 May 1923
  and moved to Buffalo, NY, leasing part of a wartime Curtiss factory, in
  1924...  Thomas Morse Aircraft acquired 1929...  In Autumn 1935 company
  moved to San Diego, CA, gaining a harbor for testing its maritime
  designs...  A 34% controlling interest in Consolidated acquired December
  1941 by Vultee Aircraft Inc. and management links from then led to merger
  of the two companies on 17 March 1943 as Consolidated Vultee Aircraft
  Corporation.

Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation
  By the end of WW2 Consolidated Vultee was largest aircraft manufacturing
  organization in the USA, with factories at San Diego and Vultee Field,
  California;  Fort Worth, Texas;  Nashville, Tennessee;  Wayne, Michigan;
  New Orleans, Louisiana;  Miami, Florida;  and Allentown, Pennsylvania;
  plus modification centers at Tucson, Arizona;  Elizabeth City, North
  Carolina;  and Louisville, Kentucky...   In the early 1950's Consolidated
  Vultee began calling its products "Convair" types, and on 30 April 1954
  it became the Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation.

Convair
  Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation;  title adopted from 30
  April 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 single Convair Aerospace Division, but Fort Worth was again made
  a separate division in June 1974.

General Dynamics Corporation
  A major reorganization in 1961 resulted in General Dynamics' 12 operating
  divisions being divided into two major groups.  On the aerospace side,
  the Western Group contained components of the Convair division...

General Dynamics Corporation, Fort Worth Division
  Separate division of General Dynamics since June 1974, before which it
  was a part of Convair division.