Aircraft Corporation was founded by Reuben H. Fleet in 1923 in
Buffalo, New York.
Consolidated's first aircraft was a trainer based
on a Dayton-Wright design. This first aircraft sold well to
the Army as the PT-1 and the Navy as the NY-1.
Consolidated was well known for its flying boats
of the 1920's and 30's culminating in the PBY
Catalina and PB2Y Coronado. Perhaps the most famous
Consolidated aircraft was the B-24 Liberator.
Reuben H. Fleet, manager of Gallaudet, forms Consolidated Aircraft
Corp. by merging Gallaudet with Dayton-Wright.
1928: Acquires Thomas-Morse
1929: Acquires Fleet
1935: Moves to San Diego, California
1940: Takes over Hall Aluminum Aircraft
1943: Merges with Vultee
to form Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft (Convair).