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Berliner-Joyce Aircraft
PredecessorBerliner Aircraft Company
SuccessorNorth American Aviation
Founded4 February 1929[1]
FounderHenry Berliner Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia
Key people
Henry Berliner, Temple Nach Joyce

Berliner-Joyce Aircraft was an American aircraft manufacturer. It was founded on 4 February 1929 when Henry Berliner and his 1922 company, Berliner Aircraft Company of Alexandria, Virginia, joined with Maryland Aviation Commission leader Captain Temple Nach Joyce.[1][2]

Berliner-Joyce hired William H. Miller as chief designer, and opened a 58,000 square foot factory in Dundalk, Maryland, near Logan Field.[3] The facility operated one of the largest private wind tunnel operations of the time.[4] The Great Depression ended the civil aircraft production market, so Berliner-Joyce concentrated on designing aircraft for the USAAC and US Navy.[1]

In May 1929 the company received its first order, for the Berliner-Joyce XFJ. Other projects, the P-16 and OJ-2, also received orders, but in 1930 North American Aviation bought the company.[5] Later, in 1933, the since renamed B-J Corporation became a subsidiary of a subsidiary when North American Aviation was purchased by General Motors Corporation.[6][7] In January 1934 Joyce left the company to join Bellanca Aircraft, and soon after Berliner left for Engineering and Research Corporation. The company was then moved from Maryland to Inglewood, California.[1]


Summary of aircraft built by
Model name First flight Number built Type
Berliner-Joyce XFJ May 1930 1 fighter
Berliner-Joyce P-16 1 September 1929 26 fighter
Berliner-Joyce OJ observation
Berliner-Joyce F2J
Berliner-Joyce XF3J 23 January 1934 1 fighter



  1. ^ a b c d Angelucci, 1987. pp.58-59.
  2. ^ Aviation: 375. 21 March 1921. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ John R. Breihan. Maryland Aviation. p. 29.
  4. ^ Barry Leithiser (27 Oct 1929). "Aviation--Baltimore's First Aircraft Show Holds Significance: City's Gain In The Field To Be Shown Keynote Of Exposition Will Be Importance Already Attained By The Industry Here Locally Built Planes And Representative Types From Elsewhere Will Be Included". The Baltimore Sun.
  5. ^ "Offer to Buy Plane Firm Here Approved". Evening Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. 11 June 1930. p. 42. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Consolidation of Aircraft Groups Made". Baltimore Sun. 16 July 1933. p. 16. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  7. ^ "City's Chances to Get Plant are Held Good". Dayton Daily News. 29 October 1933. p. 1. Retrieved 4 February 2020.


  • Angelucci, Enzo (1987). The American Fighter from 1917 to the present. New York: Orion Books. pp. 58–59.