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James S. McDonnell

McDonnell Aircraft Corporation

1939 - 1967

Automotive & Aerospace

Military ServiceAir Force
1930 b. 1899
UndergraduatePrinceton University
GraduateMS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Born-Died1899 - 1980
BirthplaceColorado (CO)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1930

McDonnell built one of the most successful government-contracted industrial space and aircraft production businesses in the U.S. His company produced the Phantom jet fighters, the Mercury Space Capsule, and the Gemini spacecraft. In 1967, he orchestrated the merger with Douglas Aircraft to form McDonnell-Douglas. Starting with one employee and $165,000, his company grew to employ thousands with a revenue base of more than $5 billion.