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The Bendix Aviation Corporation was a manufacturer of aircraft parts based from 1929 to 1960 in Los Angeles, California.

Bendix Aviation
FateAcquired by Allied Corporation in 1983. Later renamed Bendix/King.
FounderVincent Bendix

It was started by inventor Vincent Bendix in 1929 as a continuation of his auto parts company. Bendix ranked 17th among United States corporations in the value of wartime production contracts.[1]

It was renamed to Bendix Corporation in 1960, and in 1983 was acquired by the Allied Corporation (later Allied Signal) and combined with King Radio (company) company to form Bendix/King. Now owned by Honeywell, Bendix/King remains a brand of avionics.

One product made by Bendix was a Land Mine Detecting set for the US Army and US Air Force in July 1952. The manual numbers for this portable detecting set is US Army manual number TM-5-9540 and US Air Force manual number TO39B-40-5. This set had audio and visual indications and operated on low volt batteries. This backpack style detecting set came with two probes, batteries, detecting plate, ple, and other basic electronics in an organized seal fiberglass box.

Bendix Aviation developed and manufactured advanced carburetion for aircraft engines; landing gear oleo struts; jet engine fuel controls for early J79 engines; and designed guidance systems and assembled the Talos missile for the US Navy.

Bendix aviation masks and gauges were also modified and tested for use in diving and hyperbaric applications.[2][3]


  1. ^ Peck, Merton J. & Scherer, Frederic M. (1962). The Weapons Acquisition Process: An Economic Analysis. Harvard Business School. p. 619.
  2. ^ Leyden, CJ (1957). "Bendix-Friez Wrist Depth Gauge". NEDU-Evaluation-9-57. United States Navy Experimental Diving Unit Technical report. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  3. ^ Blockwick, TN (1950). "Determination of the Potentialities of the Bendix, MSA and Cousteau-Gagnon Demand Breathing Appliances for Descents to 400 Feet and the Measurement of the Amounts of Gas Required for the Various Depths". NEDU-RR-5-50. United States Navy Experimental Diving Unit Technical report. Retrieved 2013-05-16.

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