James McDonnell organizes J.S. McDonnell & Associates to
build the Doodlebug for the Guggenheim safe airplane competition.
1933: James McDonnell joins The
Glenn L. Martin Company.
1939: James McDonnell strikes out on his
own and establishes the McDonnell Aircraft Corp. in St.
1945: The McDonnell FH-1 Phantom, the
Navy's first jet fighter, first flies.
1958: First flight of the McDonnell F4H
(F-4) Phantom II.
1967: McDonnell and Douglas
companies merge to form the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
1984: McDonnell Douglas acquires Hughes
1997: McDonnell Douglas is acquired by Boeing.