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The Personal Collection of Willard Martin-Convair Special Collection SDASM.021
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: The Personal Collection of Willard Martin-Convair Special Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.021
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet 1 Manuscript box
    Date (inclusive): 1959-1977

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The collection was donated by Frank A. Lueke, Willard Martin’s step-son, on December 21, 2011.

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection contains the personal collection of Willard Martin, Convair Director of Public Relations. The collection includes photographs and other documents related to Convair operation and company literature, such as newsletters. There are also prints of Convair aircraft, and some of Martin’s personal company awards.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Formed after the merger of Vultee Aircraft and Consolidated Aircraft, Convair was an American aircraft manufacturing company. It later expanded into rockets and other spacecraft. Some of the aircraft manufactured included: Convair B-36 bomber, F-102 Delta Dagger, and Convair Model 48 Charger. The first Atlas rockets were also manufactured for the manned orbital flights as part of Project Mercury. This Atlas design also led to the Atlas-Centaur design. Convair was eventually sold to General Dynamics, and in 1994, to McDonnell Doublas and Lockheed. The dissolution of Convair happened in 1996.
    Willard Martin was a management employee of Convair, and served as Director of Public Relations in the 1970’s.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Willard Martin Convair General Dynamics Naval Operations Support Group Pacific Convair Aircraft

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Willard, Martin, Supervisor
    General Dynamics
    Martin, Willard