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Avco Corporation
Industry Aerospace and Defense
Founded Wilmington, Delaware (1929 (1929))
Headquarters Greenwich, Connecticut, US
Area served
Products aircraft engines, munitions, sensors, surveillance systems
Parent Textron
Website www.textron.com

Avco Corporation is a subsidiary of Textron which operates Textron Systems Corporation[better source needed] and Lycoming.[1]


The Aviation Corporation was formed on March 2, 1929 to prevent a takeover of CAM-24 airmail service operator Embry-Riddle Company by Clement Melville Keys, who planned on buying Curtiss aircraft rather than Sherman Fairchild's. With capital from Fairchild, George Hann, the Lehman Brothers, and W.A. Harriman.[2] the holding company began acquiring small airlines. By the end of 1929, it had acquired interests in over 90 aviation-related companies. In January 1930, the board broke off the airlines into Colonial and Universal Air Lines. Universal Air Lines name was changed to American Airways, and later merged with Colonial to form American Airlines.[3]

The company was required to divest American Airlines in 1934 due to new rules for air mail contracts. The Aviation Corporation ranked 32nd among United States corporations in the value of World War II production contracts.[4] The Aviation Corporation later changed its name to Avco Manufacturing Corporation, and then, in 1959, to Avco Corporation.[citation needed] In 1984 Avco was purchased by Textron.[5]

Avco's affiliated company, Avco Financial Services, was spun off to Associates First Capital in 1998,[6] which itself was acquired by Citigroup in 2000.[7]

Early companies bought or merged by Avco[edit]

AVCO timeline[15][16][17][18][19][edit]

  • 1929 Aviation Corporation (AVCO) holding company formed by multiple participants
  • 1932 Airplane Development Corporation formed by Gerard F. "Jerry" Vultee; Errett Lobban Cord soon takes it over
  • 1934 AVCO acquired the Airplane Development Corporation from Cord and formed the Aviation Manufacturing Corporation (AMC)
  • 1936 AMC liquidated to form the Vultee Aircraft Division, an autonomous subsidiary of AVCO
  • 1939 Vultee Aircraft Division of AVCO reorganized as an independent company known as Vultee Aircraft, Inc.
  • 1941 Consolidated Aircraft Corporation sold to AVCO
  • 1943 Consolidated-Vultee, known as Convair, formed by the merger of Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee Aircraft; still controlled by AVCO
  • 1947 Convair acquired by the Atlas Corporation
  • 1947 AVCO name changed to Avco Manufacturing Corporation
  • 1959 Avco Manufacturing Corporation name changed to Avco Corporation
  • 1968 Avco acquires the developer of Rancho Bernardo, San Diego[20]
  • 1971 Avco acquires a stake in the developer of Laguna Niguel, California[21]
  • 1984 Textron acquires Avco Corporation, renames it Avco Systems Textron
  • 1985 Avco Systems Textron becomes Textron Defense Systems
  • 1995 Textron Systems Corporation is created, consisting of what is now Textron Defense Systems, Textron Marine & Land Systems, and Lycoming


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Avco Corporation: Private Company Information - BusinessWeek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  2. ^ F. Robert Van der Linden. Airlines and air mail: the post office and the birth of the commercial aviation industry. p. 57. 
  3. ^ F. Robert Van der Linden. Airlines and air mail: the post office and the birth of the commercial aviation industry. p. 112. 
  4. ^ Peck, Merton J. & Scherer, Frederic M. The Weapons Acquisition Process: An Economic Analysis (1962) Harvard Business School p.619
  5. ^ Textron Systems History Archived November 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., 1984 History, "Textron acquires Avco, including Lycoming, to become Avco Systems Textron", 2010, accessed 2010-11-27.
  6. ^ "The Associates Announces Acquisition Of Avco Financial Services". Prnewswire.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Citi - About Citi". Citigroup.com. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p F. Robert Van der Linden. Airlines and air mail: the post office and the birth of the commercial. p. 57. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Donald M. Pattillo. Pushing the Envelope: The American Aircraft Industry. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Howard Lee Scamehorn. Balloons to Jets: A Century of Aeronautics in Illinois, 1855-1955. 
  11. ^ Anthony J. Mayo; Nitin Nohria; Mark Rennella. Entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders: what the airline industry can teach us. p. 71. 
  12. ^ "Embry Riddle Early Years". Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Tim Brady. The American aviation experience: a history. p. 147. 
  14. ^ Paul Stephen Dempsey; Andrew R. Goetz. Airline deregulation and laissez-faire mythology. p. 54. 
  15. ^ Textron Lycoming Turbine Engine, a Company History of AVCO and Lycoming/Textron
  16. ^ Avco Financial Services, Inc. from the Lehman Brothers Collection – Twentieth Century Business Archives
  17. ^ Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
  18. ^ General Dynamics Corporation, U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
  19. ^ Central Manufacturing Co. of Connersville, Indiana, a history of Cord, AVCO, and others
  20. ^ "History - Rancho Bernardo Historical Society". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  21. ^ Hammer, Alexander R. (1969-10-14). "AVCO UNIT TO GET SHARE OF LAGUNA; $19-Million Transaction Set by the Two Concerns". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  22. ^ "Stratford's troubled Army Engine Plant property back on market - Connecticut Post". Ctpost.com. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  23. ^ "History : Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division". Retrieved 2012-07-04. 

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