Fall Glenn L Martin organizes the Glenn L Martin Company around his modest aeroplane construction shop in old abandoned church at Santa Ana, CA. Prior to this year, no two aeroplanes of identical design existed in America.
August 10 Glenn L Martin is granted FAI Aviator's Certificate No 56.
Glenn L Martin moves his factory to Los Angeles, CA.
October 2 Glenn L. Martin is awarded Expert Aviator's Certificate No 2 by Aero Club of America.
The Glenn L Martin Company is incorporated under California laws.
Lawrence D. Bell Joins The Glenn L Martin Company in Los Angeles.
June Glenn L Martin delivers his first plane to the Army, a training plane designated as Model TT.
November Glenn L Martin sets an altitude record for pilot with passenger of 9,800 ft.
April 6 Glenn L Martin makes new altitude record of 14,200 ft.
January 15 New official American one-man duration record of 8 hr, 53 min set at San Diego, CA, by Lt Byron G Jones, flying a Martin tractor biplane.
October William E Boeing becomes interested in aeronautics and begins flying instruction at Glenn L Martin's School in California.
July Naval design now shifts to the tractor type of aeroplane, as a result of recent series of fatal accidents. In all, 60 tractor hydro-aeroplanes of Thomas, Martin, Burgess, and Sturtevant design are purchased this year.
September Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation formed to take over all stock of the Wright Company, The Glenn L Martin Company, Simplex Automobile Company, Wright Flying Field, and the General Aeronautic Company of America, Inc.
September Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation contracts with French company to manufacture the Hispano-Suiza engine in this country.
February 13 Aircraft Manufacturers Association, with Frank H Russell as President, is formed. Charter members are: Aeromarine Plane & Motor Company; The Burgess Company; Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Corporation; LWF. Engineering Company; Standard Aircraft Corporation; Sturtevant Aeroplane Company; Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation; and the Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation
April The Dayton Wright Airplane Company, Fisher Body Corporation, and Wright-Martin Company of California become members of Aircraft Manufacturers Association.
May Management of the Wright-Martin Aircraft Company is turned over to George W Goethals & Company, Inc, with George H Houston as President.
September 19 A new American hydroaeroplane altitude record for pilot and passenger is established by Caleb Bragg in a Wright-Martin plane at Port Washington, NY.
December Glenn L Martin re-establishes the Glenn L Martin Company in temporary quarters in Cleveland, Ohio, pending construction of a new plant.
February The Glenn L Martin Company starts building new plant at 16800 St Clair Street, Cleveland, Ohio. Laurence D Bell becomes Factory Manager; Donald W Douglas, Chief Engineer; and J J Kindelberger secures a position as draftsman.
August 17 The Model MB-1 Army bomber, designed and built by the Glenn L Martin Company, makes its first flight.
Aircraft Production During War
The Glenn L Martin Co 10 bombers.
Wright-Martin Aircraft Corp 51 airplanes and 5,816 engines.
April 26 The first Martin Model MB-1 twin-engined bomber is delivered by the Army to the Smithsonian Institution at Washington.
July 24-November 9 Lt Col R L Hartz and Lt E E Harman make a complete "around-the-rim" circuit flight of USA, covering 9,823 miles, in a Martin bomber.
The Glenn L Martin Co is awarded contracts for the design and construction of eight Model NT torpedo planes and two Model NBT bomber-torpedo planes. Also receives contract from Post Office Department to build airmail planes.
Wright Aeronautical Corp. takes over certain assets and liabilities of the now-dissolved Wright-Martin Aircraft Corp., including the Wright patents and the Hispano-Suiza license for the USA. New company sells New Brunswick plant and purchases site in Newark for building factory.
October Donald W Douglas, formerly Chief Engineer of The Glenn L Martin Company, organizes the Davis-Douglas Company to build the Cloudster airplane, designed to fly nonstop across the continent.
The Glenn L Martin Co delivers eight Model NT torpedo planes to Army; also awarded a contract for the design and construction of 20 two-motor bombers, designated as the MB-2.
June 12 Capt A W Stevens, US Air Service, makes record parachute jump from 24,206 ft from a supercharged Martin bomber over McCook Field.
The Glenn L Martin Co receives contracts from the Navy for the design and construction of the Navy's first all-metal monoplanes and seaplanes.
October 16 The XS-1 and MS-1 submarine scout planes, built by Cox-Klemin Company and The Glenn L Martin Company, respectively, are sent to Hampton Roads for Navy trial tests.
The Glenn L Martin Co is awarded various contracts by the Navy and the US Air Mail Service for an experimental training plane N2M-1; 36 MO-1 Navy all-metal monoplanes; an MS-1 submarine seaplane; M5-1 seaplanes; three Model M20-1 observation planes; and three Model 66 night mail planes.
The Glenn L Martin Co is awarded contracts by the Navy for the design and construction of 35 SC-1 and 40 SC-2 scout torpedo bombers. The First Model 70 commercial biplane receives its initial test flights in June.
The Glenn L Martin Co produces a series of Scout torpedo bombers for the Navy, including Models SC-1, SC-2, and SC-6.
The Glenn L Martin Co delivers the last of 40 SC-2 torpedo bombers to the Navy and starts work on a Navy contract calling for more than 100 Model T3M-1 three-purpose biplanes. The fuselage of this latter airplane is constructed of alloy steel.
The Glenn L Martin Co develops and delivers 102 T3M-2 airplanes for the Navy. Also designs and constructs an experimental torpedo plane Model XTN-1 and a three-purpose airplane for carrier use, designated as Model XT4M-1.
Great Lakes Aircraft Corp is formed at Cleveland, purchasing the properties formerly owned by the Glenn L Martin Co, and begins construction of a two-place open biplane.
Glenn L Martin Co sells its plant in Cleveland and moves to Baltimore, MD. Company is reincorporated under laws of Maryland as The Glenn L Martin Co. During year, Martin delivers the last of 102 Model T4N-1 planes to the Navy and develops an experimental dive bomber, Model XT5N-1.
The Glenn L Martin Co moves into its new plant at Middle River, Baltimore County, MD, where Navy contracts on the XTSN-1 and XT6N-1 dive bombers, Model XPZN-1, P3N-1 and PM-1 flying boats are carried out.
Chevrolet Aircraft Corp of Indiana (owned by The Glenn L Martin Co) transfers its assets to Chevrolet Aircraft Corp of Maryland.
The Glenn L Martin Co is awarded Navy contract for the design and construction of 25 Model PM-2 twin-engined biplane flying boats. Company also delivers the first of the Model PN-1 patrol bomber and XT6N-1 torpedo plane this year.
Chevrolet Aircraft Corp of Maryland (Martin-owned) changes its name to the Glenn L Martin Motors Co.
The Glenn L Martin Co is awarded contract by the Navy for the design and construction of twelve dive bombers designated Model BM-1, and later in the year for 16 Model BM-2 dive bombers. Company also completes the PM-2 and XPZM-1 flying boats for Navy.
Robert Collier Trophy for 1932 is awarded to Glenn L Martin for the development of an outstanding bi-engined, high-speed, weight-carrying airplane.
The Glenn L Martin Co builds BM-1 and BN-2 dive bombers for the Navy and develops the XB-907 all-metal monoplane bomber for the Army. Company is also awarded contract by Pan American Airways, Inc, for the design and construction of three transoceanic flying boats designated as the Martin Model 130.
The Glenn L Martin Co is awarded a contract by the Army for the design and construction of 48 twin-engined bombers designated according to engine installations as Models XB-10, YB-10A, YB-12, YB-12A, and YB-14.
The Glenn L Martin Co delivers the last of 14 YB-10 and seven YB-12 bombers to the Army and is awarded contract for the design and construction of 89 Model B-10B and 25 YB-12A bombers. Company also produces the XB-14 and XB-16 experimental bombers, as well as the Model 130 46-passenger ocean transport, the largest all-metal monoplane flying boat built in this country.
November 22-29 Pan American Airways inaugurates its first transpacific service from San Francisco to Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, Guam, and Manila with the China Clipper Martin flying boat, which makes the round trip in 122 hr, 42 min flying time.
Bell Aircraft Corp is founded at Buffalo, by Lawrence D Bell, Foreman and later General Manager of the early Martin factory in Los Angeles and for many years Vice-President and General Manager of Consolidated Aircraft.
The Glenn L Martin Co produces 15 B-10B twin-engined monoplane bombers for the Army Air Corps and the first Model 146 bomber.
January 29 Glenn L Martin is elected President of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences for 1936.
The Glenn L Martin Co, in addition to its domestic contracts, builds 13 bombers for the Netherlands Government and a large flying boat for Soviet Russia.
May 16 Glenn L Martin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first round trip overwater flight by flying in a Martin Clipper over his original route from Los Angeles to Catalina Island and return.
The Glenn L Martin Co, in addition to continuing production for the US Army and Navy, receives an order for $4,300,000 covering 35 bombers for the Argentine government.
The Glenn L Martin Co expands its plant to give 1,100,000 sq ft of floor space for manufacturing its long line of military and commercial airplanes.
The Glenn L Martin Co builds the Model 167 attack bomber, which is designated the Maryland.
October 12 Glenn L Martin, President of The Glenn L Martin Co, Baltimore, MD, is awarded the Daniel Guggenheim Medal "for contributions to aeronautical development and the production of many types of aircraft of high performance."
The Glenn L Martin Co, with a backlog of $110,000,000 on June 30, and a receipt of Army and Navy contracts totaling more than $205,000,000 received during the past 6 months, faces the biggest year in its history. During 1940, Martin produces 225 A-22 and model 167 Marylands, two B-10 bombers, and 10 PBM Mariner flying boats and develops a new twin-engined bomber, the B-26.
Goodyear Aircraft Corp builds a new plant where tail surfaces, wings, and fuselages for Martin bombers are to be built.
The Glenn L Martin Co, more than quadrupling its manufacturing facilities this year, builds 547 military aircraft: Models B-26 Marauder, A-22 Maryland, A-30 Baltimore, and PBM Mariner. In addition, the company produces an experimental model of the world's largest four-engined flying boat, the XPB2M-1 Mars.
May 22 Glenn L Martin is presented with the Lord & Taylor American Design Award.
The Glenn L Martin Co, Baltimore, also operating the Glenn L Martin-Nebraska Co, Omaha, NE, concentrates its production on the B-26 Marauder, A-30 Baltimore, and PBM Mariner, producing a total of 1,420 of these models.
Southern Aircraft Corp, Dallas, TX, produces aircraft components for Consolidated, Grumman, Martin, and Vultee.
April 13 National Aircraft War Production Council, Inc, is organized with Glenn L Martin as President and Frank Russell as General Manager.
The Glenn L Martin Co develops the XPB2M-1 Mars, the largest flying boat so far built in this country, for the US Navy. A total of 3,508 B-26 and AT-23 Marauder, A-30 and RA-30 Baltimore, and PBM Mariner airplanes are produced at Martin's Baltimore, MD, and Omaha, NE, plants.
December 19 Glenn L Martin gives $1,700,000 to the University of Maryland for establishment of a College of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences at the University.
The Glenn L Martin Co produces 1,926 military airplanes at Baltimore and 383 at its Omaha, NE, plant. These include three primary types, the B-26 Marauder, PBM Mariner, and A-30 Baltimore. The B-29 (Boeing) Superfortress is also built at Omaha.
The Glenn L Martin Co delivers 991 military airplanes this year and announces the development of a practical transport for the air lines for postwar delivery. This plane will be known as the Martin 2-0-2.
June 4 Army Air Forces reveals plans for construction of five new experimental jet bombers and two fighters: the XB-45 by North American; XB-46 by Consolidated Vultee; XB-47 by Boeing; XB-48 by Martin; and the XB-49 as Northrop's jet version of the XB-35 Flying Wing. The fighters are North American's XP-86 and Curtiss-Wright's XP-87.
The Glenn L Martin Co, Baltimore, Md., reports a net income of $3,363,013 on net sales of $37,640,958 and awards its employees a Christmas bonus amounting to $750,000. In August Martin has ten different aircraft models in production: the 2-0-2; 3-0-3; JRM-2 Mars, AM-1 Mauler, XB-48 six-jet bomber, PBM-5 flying boat, XPBM-5A amphibian, and several restricted planes for the Army and Navy.
February 14 The Glenn L Martin Co acquires assets and patents of Rotawings, Inc, Philadelphia.
July 7 Martin 3-0-3 successfully completes test flight.
August 13 Martin 2-0-2 transport is licensed by the CAA.