Convair, as I knew them in my youth, had a typically convoluted history. High points are noted in a timeline compiled from A Chronicle Of The Aviation Industry In America 1903 • 1947, subtitled "A Salute To The Aviation Industry" entries.

Consolidated Aircraft Corporation before the war was best known for their flying boats. One of those designs, the PBY Catalina, became a mainstay of US Navy actions, especially reconnaissance and anti-submarine work, but also air-sea rescue, during the War. With some experience with fairly large multi-engined planes, Consolidated submitted a heavy bomber design and won contracts for the B-24 Liberator, which was a workhorse in all theaters — the British used them for anti-submarine and coastal patrols and the US used them in both the heavy bomber role and, as the C-87 Liberator Express (LB-30 in the export version) cargo (and fuel) transport. They also had a contract for a four-engined super-heavy bomber, the B-32 Dominator, as a backup for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress program. A small number of B-32s went operational in the very late stages of the war.

During the war, Consolidated Aircraft Corporation merged with Vultee Aircraft Corporation to become Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation, which is the corporate name most often cited in that time frame. Vultee built trainers and single-engined attack/dive bombers. The other division of Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation of wartime note was Stinson, which built liaison/observation/utility lightplanes.

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