McDonnell F4H naval jet fighter makes its first flight.
F4H jet fighter for the Navy is named the Phantom II in a christening ceremony during the company's 20th anniversary celebration.
Navy's first F4H operational squadron, VF-74, is qualified for carrier duty.
success of the Phantom in Navy service leads the Air Force to borrow 29 F4Hs from the Navy for test and evaluation under the
designation F-110A Spectre.
the changes in military designations, the F-110A becomes the F-4C and the Spectre name is discarded.
first Air Force Phantoms, F-4Cs, are delivered to a Tactical Air Command squadron.
delivers its 1,000th F-4 Phantom, an F-4B for the Navy.
delivers its 2,000th F-4 Phantom, an F-4D for the Air Force.
and Douglas companies merge to form the new McDonnell Douglas Corporation, with headquarters in St. Louis. James S. McDonnell
is chairman and chief executive officer, and David S. Lewis is president. Donald W. Douglas is named honorary chairman of
the board and serves as "Founder-Consultant." Donald W. Douglas, Jr., is corporate vice president for administration.
S. McDonnell receives the Collier Trophy for the development of the F-4 Phantom aircraft and Gemini space vehicles.
Navy F-4J is the 3,000th Phantom to be delivered by McDonnell Douglas.
U.S. Air Force selects McDonnell Douglas as prime contractor for development and production of the F-15 advanced tactical
DC-10, the first "jumbo jet" makes its first flight.
4,000th Phantom, an F-4E for the Air Force, is delivered.
McDonnell, nephew of James S. McDonnell, is named president of McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
and United airlines take delivery of the first two production DC-10 jetliners, and American puts its new widebody in regular
service just eight days later.
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle air superiority jet fighter makes its first flight successfully and on schedule.
enters operational service with the Air Force's Tactical Air Command.
F-15 Eagle completes its sweep of all eight world time-to-climb world records by streaking to an altitude of 98,425 feet in
less than 3.5 minutes.
Navy selects McDonnell Douglas as prime contractor for development of the F/A-18 strike fighter.
Defense Department approves the development of an advanced version of the AV-8A V/STOL aircraft. The objective of the new
program is to approximately double the payload and range of the original Harrier.
Air Force selects a modified version of the DC-10 as winner of the Advanced Tanker/Cargo Aircraft competition.
Number 5,000, an F-4E (serial number 77-0290), is delivered.
first St. Louis built Harrier, a prototype AV-8B attack aircraft for the Marines, makes its first flight.
F/A-18 Hornet naval strike fighter makes its first flight.
Air Force takes delivery of the last U.S.-built F-4 Phantom II. It is the 5,057 Phantom to rollout from the McDonnell Douglas
plant at St. Louis, Mo., since May 1958.
KC-10 Extender, advanced aerial tanker and cargo aircraft, makes its first flight.
full-scale development AV-8B Harrier II makes its first flight.
first CF-18 Hornet is delivered to the Canadian Forces Air Command.