Glenn L. Martin Company

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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.]

Produced aircraft including the Martin MB-1 for the US army and navy during the war.

Source: 2dG389, Keith Rider started with Martin, 1913, then moved to Douglas. Rider may have been a key individual.


Names Glenn L. Martin Co.
Country US
City Santa Anna, CA, 1911; moved to Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA, 1912. (must mean Santa Ana)
Started aero 1911
Ended aero
Key people Glenn L. Martin, Charles Willard, Donald Douglas, Charles Healy Day
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