Designer Al Mooney, with financial backing from Knight Culver, started the Dart Manufacturing Corp. in 1938 after the closing of the Monocoupe company for which Mooney had been working and of which Culver had been a dealer. They organized the company to produce Mooney’s Dart airplane, whose rights Mooney had acquired from Monocoupe. In 1939 they renamed the company Culver Aircraft. Besides the Dart, Culver produced two other light aircraft designs, and kept itself going through World War II as a subcontractor to other companies and by producing radio-controlled target drones based on its prewar light aircraft designs. Culver folded shortly after World War II, with Mooney leaving to form his own company.