About Us

HISTORY

The origin of Curtiss-Wright stretches back to a windy December day in 1903, when inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright launched their homemade flying machine into the air above Kitty Hawk, N.C. Another historic year in aviation came in 1929, as the Wright Aeronautical Company merged with Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company to form the Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

"We're focused on the design, engineering and production of mechanical, hydraulic and electromechanical control and actuation systems. Today, we are recognized as a leader in high-quality motion control solutions."

Curtiss-Wright Controls, a division of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, emerged in the late 1960s as a natural growth of our decades of expertise in precision design, engineering and machining of propellers and transmission systems. Since then, we have focused our efforts on advanced technologies for niche actuation and drive applications, integrated sensors and controls, and electronic subsystems internationally for the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of design and manufacturing innovation, and prides itself on long-standing customer relationships. Today, our company is a recognized leader in high-quality cost-effective motion control solutions.

THE HISTORY OF FLIGHT

1903
The Wright brothers launched the age of aviation with the first successful human-carrying powered flight.
 
1916
America’s most famous WWI airplane, the JN-4 (Jenny), was developed by combining the best features of the Curtiss J and N models.
 
1927
The spirit of St. Louis took off from New York. The powerplant that performed flawlessly on Charles Lindbergh’s epic transatlantic journey: a Wright J-5 Whirlwind, engine No. 7331.
 
1937
The U.S. Army developed, tested and accepted the Curtiss P-36 Hawk Fighter Plane, resulting in the largest peacetime aircraft order ever given by the Army Air Corps.
 
1940
Curtiss-Wright introduced the famous P-40 War Hawk, which had a production run of 13,738 planes through December 1944.
 
1953
The Douglas DC-7 was introduced. Powered by Curtiss-Wright engines, it became a mainstay of commercial aviation. 
 
1969
The revolutionary Boeing 747 made its debut as the first wide-body jet. Curtiss-Wright manufactured actuation and control systems and components for the aircraft.
 
1972
The first delivery of the Lockheed L-1011. Curtiss-Wright provided leading- and trailing-edge flap drive systems for what was the world’s most technologically advance airliner.
 
1999
The Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was tested. Curtiss-Wright’s VISTA Controls business unit provided the main mission computer.
 
2003
Lockheed Martin delivered the first F/A-22 Raptor to Air Combat Command. Curtiss-Wright Controls supplied the leading-edge flap drive and weapons bay door drive systems.
 
2006
The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was introduced as the advance tactical stealth aircraft for the 21st century. Curtiss-Wright Controls developed many components and subsystems for yet another Lockheed Martin success story.
 
2007
The new technology of commercial aviation arrived with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. As a partner in development, Curtiss-Wright Controls provided essential components and subsystems to help the jet fly more efficiently and powerfully.