Founded 1953, and for some years before 1966, when its Merlin series of twin-turboprop executive aircraft reached production, this company had built prototypes for other makers, including Piper Twin Comanche. By late 1960s was building Merlin IIB eight-seater as successor to HA (33 built) and 22-seat Metro commuter airliner. Also offered improved versions of Beechcraft types. Merlin III was 8/10- seat executive type; Merlin IV a corporate version of Metro. In 1971 the company became a subsidiary of Fairchild Industries, becoming Swearingen Aviation Corporation, but later renamed Fairchild Aircraft Corporation.

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