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McDonnell Douglas and Boeing Merger Creates Aerospace Giant

McDonnell Douglas was a very major American aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor, formed through the merger of McDonnell Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft in 1967. Based out of St. Louis, Missouri, McDonnell Douglas produced a large number of very famous commercial as well as military aircraft. Their military aerospace platforms have included the likes of the KC-10 Extender, F-15 Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-4 Phantom, CF-18 Hornet, A-12 Avenger II, and F-18 Super Hornet, just to name a few.

Their commercial aerospace platforms include the DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-11, MD-80, MD-90, and MD-95. They have also produced several experimental aircraft like the X-36 as well as helicopters, manned spacecraft, computer systems, missiles, and rockets. The well-known Tomahawk missile is a McDonnell Douglas design. The consolidation of the aerospace industry then reached its climax in 1996 when Boeing, another huge aerospace company, acquired McDonnell Douglas in a $13.3 billion stock for stock transaction. This allowed Boeing to surpass Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and several other companies as the largest defense contractor in the country, with annual revenue of $48 billion. This was the result of many years of merger discussions. Boeing and Airbus, its European counterpart, then effectively controlled a duopoly on the commercial aerospace market and aviation industry in general. Other competitors were forced to drop out of the race. This merger has allowed each company to profit from its most successful platforms. The highly-successful F-15 Eagle, produced by McDonnell Douglas as the successor to the F-4 Phantom (widely used in the Vietnam and Korean War), is now used by air forces in Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. The F-15E strike Eagle, the newest and greatest version, now has a combat record of 101 aerial victories to 0 defeats. Using Boeing’s global network and industry influence, the company continues to supply these highly-successful military aircraft to the US government and countries around the world. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of spare parts for current McDonnell Douglas platforms and stocks a large number of obsolete items as well. With the Boeing merger, we pride ourselves in supplying parts for the most commonly used commercial and military aerospace platforms in the world.


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