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Aircraft Products

The role of Rohr Aircraft Corporation in the aircraft industry was "primarily that of a manufacturing company, filling the needs of the major airframe companies for the designing, tooling and manufacturing of parts and assemblies" that required specialized skills and equipment (Rohr, 1956, p. 16).

"Rohr produced assemblies include jet engine pods, struts, thrust reversers, stabilizers and elevators, fuselage sections, landing gear doors, cargo doors, as well as numerous smaller components" (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).

 

Commercial Narrow Body Aircraft Products

Airbus A319
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, thrust reversers and pylons for the CFM56-5 engine.

Rohr also produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, and thrust reversers for the CFM56-5 engine at the Arlington, California plant.


Airbus A320
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, thrust reversers and pylons for the CFM56-5 engine.

Rohr also produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, and thrust reversers for the CFM56-5 engine at the Toulouse (1970s) and Hamburg plants.


Airbus A321
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, thrust reversers and pylons for the CFM56-5 engine.

Rohr also produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, and thrust reversers for the CFM56-5 engine at the Toulouse (1970s) and Hamburg plants.


Boeing 707  (commercial transport)
The Boeing 707 began production in 1957 (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

By October 1958 Rohr was producing jet engine pods and thrust reversers, wing and tail pylons, fuselages, ailerons, and stabilizers and elevators for the Boeing 707.


Rohr’s Auburn, Washington plant produced the aft fuselage section, main landing gear doors, nose wheel doors, horizontal stabilizers and elevators, thrust reversers, jet engine pods, and pylons for the Pratt Whitney engine.

Boeing 707 aft fuselage sections were built at the Rohr Auburn, Washington plant (Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, September 1982).

Boeing 727 (short to medium range commercial transport)

The Boeing 707 began production in 1957 (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

In the 1960s, Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" for the Boeing 727 (Rohr, 1976).


Rohr produced the auxiliary power unit shrouding, cargo door straps, thrust reversers and jet engine pods.

For further reading see:
Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

Boeing 737
The Boeing 737 was "a twin engine commercial jet transport designed for shorter route segments and feeder type airlines" (Rohr Corporation 1966 Annual Report, p. 6).
Rohr built the pods and thrust reversers for the small 737 twinjet (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" (thrust reversers and jet engine pods) for Boeing’s 737 Pratt Whitney engine (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:

Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

Boeing 737 - 3/4/500
Rohr produced the nose cowl and fan cowl for the CFM56-3 engine at the Arlington, California plant.

Boeing 737 – 700
Rohr worked on parts for the CFM56-7 engine.

Boeing 757
Rohr produced the fan cowl, nozzle and plug, thrust reverse and pylons for the RB211-535 engine.

Rohr also worked on parts for the PW2037 engine.


British Aerospace BAe 146
Rohr worked on parts for the ALF502 engine.

British French Concorde
Rohr worked on the engine inlets, engine bay enclosures, elevons, and rudder sections.

Douglas DC-9
Rohr manufactured "jet engine pods and thrust reversers for the DC-9, two-engine, short-to-medium range commercial transport." In 1964 the "production design of the DC-9 power pod" was completed and the development test program for the thrust reverser," also designed by Rohr, was initiated (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4, 5).
Rohr Riverside produced the bonded honeycomb control panel (Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7).

Fokker 100
Rohr worked on parts for the RR TAY engine.

McDonnell Douglas DC-8 Series 10, 30 & 40
Rohr produced the nacelles, thrust reversers and jet engine pods for the turbo fan.

1960s - "the first civilian jet to make a supersonic flight" (Goodrich, 2004)

McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Series 62 & 63
Rohr manufactured jet "engine pods and other structural components" (pylons) for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:

Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

McDonnell Douglas MD-80/-87
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, EBU, thrust reversers and pylons for the JT8D-209/-217 engine.

McDonnell Douglas MD-90
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, EBU, thrust reversers and pylons for the V2500 engine.

 

Commercial Wide Body Aircraft Products

Airbus A300
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, core cowl and EBU for the CF6-80C engines.


Rohr also produced the nose cowls, fan cowls, nozzles and plugs, EBUs and thrust reversers for the PW4000 engines.


Airbus A310

Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, core cowl, and EBU for the CF6-80C engine.


Rohr also produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, and thrust reverser for the PW4000 engine.

Airbus A330
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, core cowl, and EBU for the CF6-80E engine.


Rohr produced the nozzle and plug for the TRENT 700 engine. Rohr was also involved on the PW 4168 engine.

Airbus A340
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, and thrust reverser for the CFM56-5C2 engine in Toulouse, France during the 1970s.
For further reading see:

http://rohrmemories.20megsfree.com/Toulouse.html


Boeing SST
Rohr produced the jet engine pod for the GE engines.
Boeing B-52 bomber fuselage sections

Boeing B-52H bomber jet pods



Boeing 747
(commercial transport)

Rohr produced the pods, pylons and thrust reversers for the 747 designed to carry up to 500 passengers. The 747 was to begin airline service in the Spring of 1970. Rohr was to make initial deliveries to Boeing's Everett, Washington plant in March of 1968 (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 6). 

Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" (nose cowl, fan cowl, and core cowl) for the Boeing 747 CF8-80C engine (Rohr, 1976).
Rohr also produced thrust reversers, jet engine pods and pylons for the PW4000 engine.

Rohr produced the thrust reversers and nacelles for the PW JT3D engine.
Rohr produced the nozzle and plug for the Boeing 747 RB211-524G engine.

For further reading see:

Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.


Boeing 767

Rohr manufactured the nose cowl, fan cowl, and core cowl for the Boeing 747 CF6-80C engine (Rohr, 1976).
Rohr also produced parts for the PW4000 engine.
Rohr produced the nozzle and plug for the Boeing 747 RB211-524H engine.

Boeing 777
Rohr produced the nozzle and plug for the GE90 engine.

Rohr also produced parts for the PW4084 and TRENT 800 engines.

McDonnell Douglas DC-10
Rohr manufactured jet "engine pods and other structural components" (nose cowl, fan cowl, core cowl, and nozzle and plug) for the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 GE CF6-6 engine (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:

Rohr Industries, Inc. Annual Report 1976.

McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Rohr produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, core cowl, EBU and pylon for the CF6-80C2 engine.

Rohr also produced the nose cowl, fan cowl, nozzle and plug, EBU, thrust reverser, and pylon for the PW4000 engine.

 

Government (Military)


B-24 Liberator bomber power packages


Boeing B-52 bomber fuselage sections

Boeing B-52H bomber jet pods

Boeing KC-135
Rohr produced parts for the Boeing KC-135.

Boeing KC-135 Jet Tanker-Transport
For further reading see:

Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Boeing KC-135 military tanker
The KC-135 prgram began in 1954 at the Riverside plant." Rohr produced the power pods, stabilizers and elevators. It was scheduled to phase out in October of 1956. (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).

Boeing's United States supersonic transport 
In May 1967, Rohr was selected to to build the propulsion pods for the United States supersonic transport. The propulsion pods were to be built under the horizontal tail of the 1800 mile per hour airlined, and equipped with variable geometry air inlets to reduce engine noise and insure optimum engine efficiency.  (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 5, 6)


Grumman E2A Hawkeye
Grumman E2A Hawkeye was an "early warning and intercept control airplane used by the Navy." The Winder plant built the aft fuselage and empennage components
(Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7). Rohr manufactured the tail sections, including electrical controls. Assembly work was performed at the Winder, Georgia plant. (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).

See also:

Grumman F-14
Rohr produced the aft nacelles and engine inlet ducts

Grumman -14 Tomcat fighter- 1970s, Riverside (Goodrich, 2004)

Lockheed C-5 (L-500)
Rohr produced the jet engine pods and pylons for the GE high-thrust turbofan engine.

C-5 military transport aircraft

See The San Diego Union Tribune March 26, 1994

Lockheed's C-5A (heavy logistics transport)
Production of the nacelle and plyon design were to be carried out at the Chula Vista, Riverside and Winder, Georgia plants. It was to be used for transporting personnel and material, including Army inventory, over long ocean routes at jet speed (Rohr Corporation 1966 Annual Report, p. 5). The C-5A military airlifter, developed for the Airforce, was to be the largest aicraft ever flown and was to take to the air in June of 1968. Rohr was to produced the first pylons to Lockheed's Marietta, Georgia plant in December 1967 and the first engine pods in January 1968 (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 5, 6).

U.S. Air Force's C-5B transport - built at the Foley plant (Johnson, 1985)


Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport
The "global workbird for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and the Republic of Indonesia Air Force." "Rohr manufactured the power pods and aft nose landing gear doors." (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4). Rohr produced the aft nacelles, power packages and wing formers for the T56-A-14 Allison engine at the Winder, Georgia plant.
See also:
(Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7).

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter program (military logistics transport/military cargo transport)
Early production started in 1963. Rohr produced the jet engine pods, fairing, and the 30-foot "petal" or cargo doors. (Rohr Corporate 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).

See also:
(Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7).

 

Lockheed JetStar
Rohr built the engine pods and thrust reversers for the Lockheed JetStar (Rohr Corporate 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

Lockheed P2V series
As of 1964, Rohr was producing the spare power package assemblies (Rohr Corporate 1964 Annual Report, p. 5).

Lockheed P-3 Orion
Rohr produced the aft nacelles and power packages.

1960s -  "an anti-submarine patrol craft" (Goodrich, 2004)

Lockheed P3A (anti-marine patrol airplane)
The P3A is the successor to the P2V series. As of Rohr produced the "power pods, nacelles, tail pipes and covers, shrouds, and landing gear doors" (Rohr Corporate 1964 Annual Report, p. 5).

Lockheed P3B Orion
"An anti-submarine patrol plane employed by the Navy." Rohr built the propjet engine power plant assembly. (Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7).

Lockheed P3V Orion

McDonnell F-4B attack aircraft
Rohr Riverside produced the bonded honeycomb trailing edge wing panels (Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7).

North American Aviation F-100F fighter-bomber prototype thrust reverser


Corporate

Grumman Gulfstream (executive transport)
Rohr manufactured the "upper and lower nacelles, baggage doors, escape hatch, nose wheel doors, main landing gear doors and trunnion doors." Assembly work was performed at the Winder, Georgia plant. (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).
Rohr designed and manufactured thrust reversers for the Grumman Gulfstream (Rohr, 1976).

Grumman Gulfstream II

The Grumman Gulfstream II "was designed as the world's fastest corporate transport with transcontinental range." Rohr-designed thrust reversers will enable the Gulstream II to land in smaller airfields (Rohr Corporation 1966 Annual Report, p. 6).
Rohr designed and built the pods, pylons and thrust reversers (Rohr Corporate 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).
Rohr manufactured the jet "engine pods and other structural components" (escape hatch, nose wheel doors, and pylons) for the Rolls Royce turbofan engine.

See also:
Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.
Rohr Corporation 1966 Annual Report

Lockheed Jetstar
Rohr produced the thrust reversers, jet engine pods, tailpipes and landing gear doors for the PW JT12A-8 engines.

North American Sabreliner
In April 1967, North American Aviation announced that Rohr would design and build thrust reversers for the Sabreline executive jet. Flight simulations began in September of 1967.  
(Rohr Corporate 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

Other aircraft


2-175 light aircraft
Another Rohr project. Most Riverside people do not know that  that some of it was built at Riverside. Burt Raynes wanted to keep it secret from Fred Rohr so he had it built off site. After Westergard test flew it and Rohr found out about it it was destroyed and sent to the Chula vista dump. (Submitted by Jerry Van Hulle, 6/1/2020).
See also: THE ROHR TWO-l75 (l974) by F. Marc de Piolenc (retrieved 6/3/2020)
 https://massflow.archivale.com/2_175.htm


Anglo-French Concorde

Rohr produced the Engine Inlets, Engine Bay Enclosures, Elevons and Rudder Sections for the Anglo-French Concorde.

Boeing B-50 Superfortress
For further reading see:

Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
For further reading see:

Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker
For further reading see:

Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Boeing KC-135 Jet Tanker-Transport
For further reading see:

Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Boeing 707 Stratoliner
Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" for the Boeing 707 (Rohr, 1976). The Boeing 707 Stratoliner began service in 1959 (Rohr, 1956).

For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Boeing 707-120
"For 707 series of commericial transports, Rohr manufactured jet engine pods and struts, thrust reversers and sounds suppressors, landing gear doors, nose gear doors, aileron assemblies, and a 43-foot fuselage section" (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).

Boeing 727
A "three-engine commercial transport" (Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).


Boeing 727 tri-jet (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).


U.S. Air Force's C-5B transport - built at the Foley plant (Johnson, 1985)

Cessna Citation
Rohr designed and manufactured thrust reversers for the Cessna Citation (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:
Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Consolidated PB4Y2 Privateer (Pratt & Whitney)
"The first XPB4Y-2 Privateer was flown September 20, 1943" (Wagner, 1968, p. 310).
For further reading see:
Wagner, Ray. American Combat Planes.
Rohr's Annual Report 1956.

Consolidated PB2Y3 Coronado (Pratt & Whitney)
"The last PB2Y-2 was completed December 1941 as a XPB2Y-3" (Wagner, 1968, p. 303).
For further reading see:
Wagner, Ray. American Combat Planes.
Rohr's Annual Report 1956.

Consolidated RY3
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Convair B-24 Liberator
Successor to the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Convair C-131 Samaritan
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Convair PB2Y3 Coronado
Successor to the Consolidated PB2Y3.
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Convair PB4Y2 Privateer
Successor to the Consolidated PB4Y2 Privateer
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Convair RY3
Successor to the Consolidated RY3.
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Convair 440 Metropolitan
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

CX-HLS Heavy Logistic Transport (supersonic transport)
See also: 
Rohr Corporation 1964 Annual Report http://rohrmemories.20megsfree.com/RC64ar.html

Douglas C-54 Skymaster
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

 


Douglas Super 60 series
The Douglas "Super-Sixties" series DC-8s were "a larger, faster version of the this highly successful aircraft" (Rohr Corporation 1966 Annual Report, p. 6). Rohr built the pods and thrust reversers (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

Douglas DC-8 Super 62

Rohr built engine pods were "a major factor in the greater range of the Super 62" (Rohr Corporation 1966 Annual Report, p. 6).

Douglas DC-8 Super 63
A stretched DC-8 with additional passenger capacity and operating economies (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

Douglas DC-9 short range jet transport

See also:
(Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).




European A-300
Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" for the European A-300 (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:

Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

F-14 fighter

See The San Diego Union Tribune March 26, 1994

Fairchild C-123 Avitruc
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

French Government SE-2010
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.



Grumman Gulfstream F-14
Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" for the Grumman Gulfstream F-14 (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:

Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

Lockheed C-5A
Aircraft with passenger and cargo capacity and economic advantage "considerd giant steps forward in air transportation" (Rohr Corporation 1966 Annual Report, p. 2).
See also:
(Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7).

Lockheed C-130
Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" for the Lockheed C-130 (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:

Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

Lockheed C-130 logistics transport
Rohr was to furnish power plant assemblies for the Lockheed C-130 logistics transport (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

Lockheed Constellation

The Lockheed XB-30 lead to the Constellation transport (Wagner, 1968, p. 137).
For further reading see:
Wagner, Ray. American Combat Planes.
Rohr's Annual Report 1956.

Lockheed Electra
The Lockheed Electra began service in 1957. (Rohr, 1956).
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Lockheed JetStar
Rohr designed and manufactured thrust reversers for the Lockheed JetStar (Rohr, 1976).

For further reading see:
Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.


Lockheed L300
Commercial version of the C-141 (Rohr Corporate 1966 Annual Report, p. 7).


Lockheed L300B
Commercial version of the C-141 with an extended fuselage. (Rohr Corporate 1964 Annual Report, p. 4).

Lockheed P2V-7 (Wright)
The final Neptune version was the P2V-7 (Model 726) subsequently known as the P-2H (Wagner, 1968, p. 313).
For further reading see:
Wagner, Ray. American Combat Planes.
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Lockheed P3

Rohr manufactured "engine pods and other structural components" for the Lockheed P3 (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:

Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

Lockheed Super-Constellation
For further reading see:
Rohr. Annual Report 1956.

Lockheed P3 series anti-submarine aircraft 
Rohr was to furnish the power plant assemblies for the P3 series anti-submarine aircraft (Rohr Corporation 1967 Annual Report, p. 7).

McDonnell's F4H Phantom
Rohr produced the brazed stainless steel honeycomb panels for the McDonnell's F4H Phantom (Rohr Corporation 1962 Annual Report, p. 15).


North American RS-70
Rohr produced the brazed stainless steel honeycomb panels for the North American RS-70 (Rohr Corporation 1962 Annual Report, p. 15).


Pratt & Whitney F-100 Jet Engine

"Structural components of the titanium honeycomb material produced by the patented RohrBond process" were used on the Pratt & Whitney F-100 Jet Engine (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:
Rohr Industries, Inc. Annual Report 1976.

Rockwell International Sabreliner

Rohr designed and manufactured thrust reversers for the Rockwell International Sabreliner (Rohr, 1976).
For further reading see:
Rohr Industries., Inc. Annual Report 1976.

 

Definitions:

Aft fuselage sections
Ailerons

cargo petal doors
elevators
jet engine pods 
flight and ground spoilers
fuselage sections 
horizontal stabilizers
landing gear pods & doors 
main landing gear doors



"Power package"
A term introduced to the industry by Rohr. A power package is the bare engine built around "the necessary engine mount, sheet metal cowling, panels, diaphragms, supporting structures, air ducts, fuel and oil lines, electrical harnesses, and other items necessary to its operation" (Rohr, 1956, p. 16).
For further reading see:

Rohr Aircraft Corporation, Annual Report 1956.


pylons

stabilizers
struts

wing joint fittings

wing-to-body fairings

 

 

 

 

 

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