The Jet Makers
The Aerospace Industry from 1945 to 1972
I: World War II: Aviation Comes of Age
II: The Aerospace Industry since World War II: A Brief History
III: The National Military Strategy: Background for the Government Markets
IV: The Principal Government Market: The United States Air Force
V: The Other Government Markets: The Aerospace Navy, the Air Army, and NASA
VI: Fashions in Government Procurement
VII: The Heartbreak Market: Airliners
VIII: Design or Die: The Supreme Technological Industry
IX: Production: The Payoff
X: Diversification: The Hedge for Survival
XI: Costs: Into the Stratosphere
XII: Finance and Management
XIII: Entry into the Aerospace Industry
XIV: Exit from the Aerospace Industry
XV: The Influence of the Jet Engine on the Industry
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSThe generous guidance and encouragement of Professor Robin Higham was vital for writing this book. I am most grateful for his insights and efforts. Additional help was given by Professor E. J. Laughlin.
Important information was provided at some effort to themselves by The Boeing Company, General Dynamics Corporation, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, and Trans World Airlines. Other contributors were Fairchild Industries, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Martin Marietta Corporation, Northrop Corporation, and Rockwell International Corporation. Special help with photographs was given with enthusiasm by Bill Whisler, a design engineer with Boeing.
My clumsy style was improved greatly by Abigail Siddall. Much of the clerical labor was done by my wife, Heidi, whose contributions include patience, encouragement, and criticism.
Any errors are my responsibility alone.