Beautifully engraved certificate from the Curtiss-Wright Corporation issued in 1963-1970. This historic document was printed by the De La Rue Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of Mercury sitting on a globe out in space. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 32 years old.
The company has a lot of history in early aviation with the Wright in the name coming from the aviation pioneers Glenn Curtiss and the Wright Brothers. Curtiss-Wright performs metal treating and makes actuation systems used to control wing flaps aircraft including the F-16 Falcon fighter and V-22 Osprey. It also makes highly engineered valves for US Naval nuclear propulsion systems and performs shot peening and heat treating for metal durability and shaping in the automotive and construction equipment industries. US government sales made up 17% of revenues. Other customers include Boeing and Lockheed Martin, and most sales are in the US. Insurance holding company Unitrin owns 43% of the firm. The company was of significant importance to the outcome of WWII. They manufactured the P 40 Warhawk Fighter, C 46 Commando Cargo Transport, SB2C Helldiver Navy Bomber, Army A 25 Helldiver, Seagull Navy Scout Plane and the Republic Thunderbolt Fighter.