Fonds 2003/47 - Bendix Aviation Corporation fonds

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Bendix Aviation Corporation fonds

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CA ON00093 2003/47

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  • 1953-1958 (Creation)

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20 cm of textual records

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Bendix Aviation Corporation was founded in 1924 to manufacture automobile brake systems. The company's founder, Vincent Bendix, himself an inventor, joined with French investor Henri Perrot to manufacture brake systems in South Bend, Indiana, in 1924; and by 1928 the Bendix Corporation was producing 3,600,000 brakes per year, chiefly for General Motors Corporation. In 1928 Bendix Corporation acquired control of Eclipse Machine Company, Elmira, N.Y., which had been producing Vincent Bendix' automotive starter since 1914. In 1929 the company turned to aviation products and changed its name to Bendix Aviation Corporation (not reverting to the name Bendix Corporation until 1960). From 1928 to 1948 General Motors was a major stockholder, but in the latter year GM disposed of all its remaining shares. Since 1982 it has been a subsidiary of Allied Corporation. The company is now an international manufacturer and supplier of automotive components, house-building materials, and other equipment.

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Fonds consists of service bulletins, addendums, and manuals regarding aviation instruments. Files one and two contain the "Bendix Aviation Corporation (Eclipse Pioneer Division) Instrument Overhaul Catalog, Vol. 3." This catalogue regards overhaul instructions on: autosyns, gyro flight instruments, rate of climb indicators, compasses, and flight plan control. File three contains an "Instrument Parts Catalogue," which lists quantities of the service parts and service assembly drawings for various Pioneer products. File four contains the "Instrument Overhaul Catalogue, Vol. 1," and includes similar topics to those in Files one and two. It includes large portions of "Catalog L" but also instructions regarding parts from engines, electrical parts, and generator parts. Files five through eight are loose bulletins, service bulletins and addendums regarding flight instruments, magnesyns, oxygen regulators, and the autopilot feature.

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The following related materials are available in the Document Collection:
[90/68] Bendix Aviation Corporation. Air Force. Nov 41. Instruction book for aircraft radio receiving equipment. (C.A.P. 63-354) Manufactured by Bendix Aviation Corp; Baltimore, Maryland.
[89/317] Bendix Aviation Corporation. Air Force. May 43. Instruction book for model TA-2G, model TA-2H; aircraft transmitting equipments. (C.A.P. 63-360.) ill.
[82/825] Bendix Aviation Corporation. Army Air Forces. U.S. Air Service Command. Air Force Section. 5 Sep 42. Handbook of instructions for model MN-31 series automatic radio compass equipment; manufactured by Bendix Aviation Corp., Baltimore, Maryland. (Technical order no. 08-10-85.) illus. (part fold.).

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