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Vought Aircraft

Aircraft  The Company
 
First
Flight
Model Military Number Name
1940 V-166 F4U Corsair
1955   F8U/F-8 Crusader
1965   A-7 Corsair II
Vought is currently the world's largest independent aerostructures subcontractor serving a customer base that includes Boeing, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.

Vought has a long history of supplying the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps with excellent aircraft.

History

1917: Chance Vought and Birdseye Lewis form The Lewis & Vought Corp.  First aircraft completed by lowering parts from 3rd floor and assembling in the street.

1922: Lewis retires, company renamed Chance Vought Corp.

1929: Vought becomes a division of United Aircraft (with Pratt & Whitney, Boeing and Hamilton Standard).

1934: The Air Mail Act orders airline companies to divorce themselves from aircraft manufacturers.  United Aircraft - Transport Corp. splits into three independent companies--United Airlines, United Aircraft Corp. and Boeing Airplane Co.

1939: United Aircraft merges Vought with Sikorsky to form the Vought-Sikorsky Division of United Aircraft.

1942: Vought again becomes a separate division of United Aircraft.

1954: Vought ceases to be a division and is re-incorporated as Chance Vought Aircraft Inc.

1961: Vought merges with Ling-Temco Electronics to form Ling-Temco Vought (LTV).

1970s: Troubles at LTV force Vought to scale back.  Vought re-focuses on aircraft component subcontracting and missile systems.

1992: LTV finally declares bankruptcy with its aircraft business being purchased by the Carlyle Group and Northrop.  The aircraft division is renamed Vought Aircraft.

1994: Northrop Grumman buys Carlyles' share of Vought.  Vought operates as a division of Northrop Grumman.

 
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page updated 31 December 2005

 

 

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