McDonnell Douglas

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McDonnell Douglas Corporation

legal form Corporation
founding 1967
resolution 1997 merger with Boeing
Seat St. Louis , USA
Branch Aerospace engineering , defense industry

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 from Biman Bangladesh Airlines
MD-83 of Austrian Airlines . In June 2005 the last Austrian MD-80 was taken out of service.

McDonnell Douglas was until its merger with Boeing in 1997, one of the world's largest manufacturer of civil and military aircraft, headquartered in St. Louis in the US state of Missouri .


McDonnell Douglas emerged in 1967 from a merger of the two companies McDonnell Aircraft Corporation and Douglas Aircraft Company . Douglas was active in the civil aircraft market, but suffered from poor liquidity, while McDonnell, which was then focused on military products, hoped the merger would expand its commercial civilian business. The new company continued the production of military aircraft, missiles and civil aircraft. In 1974 the F-15 Eagle and in 1975 the F / A-18 Hornet came . Missile models were the AGM-84 Harpoon , the cruise missile BGM-109 Tomahawk and the Delta launch vehicles. The first joint civil aircraft was the three-engine wide - body aircraft DC-10 .

The oil crisis of the 1970s hit the entire aviation industry. McDonnell Douglas also suffered from this and tried to mitigate the consequences through diversification . In 1984 McDonnell Douglas took over Hughes Helicopters , which is now a subcontractor under the name of MD Helicopters . After the competitor Boeing bought the military and space technology business units of North American Aviation, which was independent until 1967, from Rockwell International in 1996, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing merged in 1997. Since the merger with Boeing, no more aircraft have been built under the name McDonnell Douglas and the type designations MD and DC used until then.

Commercial aircraft production at the Long Beach site was discontinued on May 23, 2006 with the delivery of the last two Boeing 717 aircraft .

Civil aircraft

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle of the US Air Force

Military aircraft


Web links

Commons : McDonnell Douglas  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. New perspectives for the giant Boeing. In: . Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 28, 2001, accessed on November 3, 2018 .
  2. Andreas Middel: Brussels approves Boeing merger. In: . Axel Springer SE, July 24, 1997, accessed on November 3, 2018 .
  3. Reasons for the merger of McDonnell and Douglas ( Memento from August 4, 2012 in the web archive ) ( ->