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The Columbus Aircraft Division of Rockwell International began operations in November of 1950, when North American Aviation, the then-parent company of Rockwell International, bought out the facilities and operations of the Curtiss-Wright Plant located near Port Columbus Airport on the city's east side. The Rockwell plant was operational on December 4, 1950. Initially, the division handled contracts left over from the Curtiss-Wright operation and manufactured spare parts for a variety of "non-current" aircraft, such as the F-51 Mustang and the B-25 Mitchell bomber. Eventually, the division expanded into an operation capable of designing, building, and testing its own aircraft and weapons systems, including the F-86 Sabre, the primary jet fighter of the United Nations forces during the Korean War. The division also participated in various defense research projects. During the 1980s, the Columbus plant helped to produce the B-1B strategic bomber. In May of 1988, Rockwell announced that it was discontinuing operations at Columbus.

From the guide to the Rockwell International Corporation/North American Aircraft Collection, 1950-1987, (Ohio Historical Society)

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creatorOf Rockwell International Corporation/North American Aircraft Collection, 1950-1987 Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Agnew (Jeanne) Papers 2007-229, 2008-080., 1913-2005 Archives of American Mathematics, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Bentley, R. Ford (Robert Ford), 1909-1994. R. Ford Bentley papers, 1830-1990, bulk 1930-1970. Newberry Library
referencedIn Parrish, Wayne W. (Wayne William), 1907-. Papers of Wayne W. Parrish, 1912-1976 (bulk 1950-1972). Library of Congress
referencedIn Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Rockwell documentary project videotapes 1992-1993 [videotapes] Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
referencedIn Harrison "Buzz" Price, Papers, 1956-2006 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
referencedIn Wayne W. Parrish Papers, 1912-1976, (bulk 1950-1972) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Zubaty, Joseph G., 1895-1987. Joseph G. Zubaty papers 1910-1984 bulk 1955-1980. Kettering University
creatorOf Rockwell International. [Annual reports of charitable contributions], 1992- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, IUPUI
referencedIn Agnew, Jeanne, 1917-2000. Agnew (Jeanne), papers 1913-2005 University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn MCI Communications Corporation. Legal records, 1866-1992 (bulk 1968-1985). Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. District Lodge 105. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 105 records, 1942-1992. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn Yuter, Seymour C.,. Technitrol, Inc., lawsuit records, 1945-1976. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Rockwell International Superfund site collection, 1989-1995. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
referencedIn Thomas Merton Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Thomas Merton Center records, 1962-2009. University of Pittsburgh
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