General Dynamics

General Dynamics is a diversified defense contractor that has manufactured many kinds of military land, air and sea vehicles, and has consisted of a constantly changing group of divisions and subsidiaries since its founding as the Electric Boat company, a submarine maker, in 1900.  From 1946 to 1976 it owned Canadair; from 1953 to 1994 it owned Convair; and from the 1960s to the 1990s it produced a line of jet fighter aircraft not associated with either of these companies.  When GD sold Convair to McDonnell-Douglas in 1994, it sold these other aviation assets to McDonnell-Douglas‘s rival Lockheed.  With those 1994 sales, GD effectively exited the aircraft business.  However, in 1999 it acquired business jet maker Gulfstream Aerospace, which it continues to operate.

The parent GD company has historically been headquartered on the U.S. east coast, currently in Fairfax, Virginia, close to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., its main customer.  However, its aircraft division was located in Fort Worth, Texas, at a plant originally built for the production of Consolidated B-24s during World War II.

This page focuses on the aircraft types known as General Dynamics aircraft and not associated with Canadair or Convair; aircraft built by those companies when they were divisions of GD are found on their respective pages.


F-16 Falcon