Glenn L. Martin Company
Glenn L. Martin; Charles Willard, chief engineer, 1913-1914; joined 1915 by Donald Douglas (later of McDonnell Douglas Corp.), who helped develop new aeroplanes. Charles Healy Day was designer in 1911 but left because he wanted to built a tractor and Martin did not. Day returned to Martin in mid-1913 and designed Martin's first seaplane but apparently left again in 1914 to work for himself for a short while before joining Sloane Aeroplane Co.
Produced pusher and headless and semi-headless pushers 1911-1912 and variations of Model T tandem-seat tractor biplanes for land and sea from 1913, apparently for U.S. Army.
Briefly formed Wright-Martin Aircraft Corp. with Wright Aircraft Co. and several other companies in 1916. [Did Martin Co. still exist as an independent entity during this time? Or did it reappear after Wright-Martin was dissolved? In either case it continued to exist as Martin until it became Martin Marietta in 1961.]
Source: 2dG389, Keith Rider started with Martin, 1913, then moved to Douglas. Rider may have been a key individual.
- Gunston, 1993, p196-197
- Gunston, 2005, p303
- SD95, 190-192; 1IDCH67, 70; 1917ASJ274; 1919YB61, 196.
- Who's Who, 1922, p. 73
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|Names||Glenn L. Martin Co.|
|City||Santa Anna, CA, 1911; moved to Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA, 1912. (must mean Santa Ana)|
|Key people||Glenn L. Martin, Charles Willard, Donald Douglas, Charles Healy Day|