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01/02/1981 American Aviation pioneer Donald Douglas dies

He founded the Douglas Aircraft Company (later merged with McDonnell Aircraft to McDonnell Douglas) in 1921. The company produced the Douglas DC-3 airliner and its equally popular World War II military transport version, the C-47. At the start of the war, Douglas airplanes made up 80% of all commercial aircraft in service.


  • Essentials 

  • Donald Wills Douglas Sr. 

  • Early life 

  • Early engineering career 

  • World War II 

  • Post-war 

  • Awards and honors