'56 - Thunderbird product line founded by Woodie Woodson in Miami, Florida.
'58 - Duo, Inc. founded by Victor Porter in Decatur, Indiana.
'59 - First ever successful Miami to Nassau sterndrive crossing, accomplished in
'61 - Thunderbird purchased by Ohio-based Alliance Machine and Foundry.
'62 - Formula founded by Don Aronow in Miami, Florida, manufacturing the original
233 Deep-V hull, which later earned notable victories on the national offshore racing
'64 - Formula purchased by Alliance Machine and Foundry.
'66 - Duo, Inc. purchased by "Starcraft Corp."
'69 - Thunderbird/Formula purchased from Alliance by Fuqua Industries of Atlanta,
'70 - Signa Corporation founded by Victor Porter and several associates in Decatur,
'71 - John Adams becomes exclusive Thunderbird/Formula designer.
'73 - Signa purchased by Fuqua Industries, naming Victor Porter President of both
Signa and Thunderbird/Formula.
'75 - Formula 255 Series created with the performance-oriented Liberator, the Castaway
aft-cabin cruiser and the Freedom Cruiser.
'76 - Thunderbird/Formula/Signa purchased by Victor Porter from Fuqua Industries.
'79 - Last year of manufacturing Signa models.
'79 - Formula 302LS introduced as a high-performance offshore boat.
'81 - Formula creates the K-5 racing catamaran for World Champion driver Betty Cook.
'83 - Versatile 242 Series created, setting new standards with the 242 Sun Sport,
242LS sport boat, and 242 Sport Fish.
'84 - Formula 206LS introduced with first curved glass windshield in the industry.
'85-'86 - Scott Porter races the 302 SR-1 "Secret Formula" in B-Class, winning the
Southeast Divisional Championship and establishing a new UIM World Speed Record.
'88 - Scott Porter named President of Thunderbird/Formula
'88 - Consolidation of Thunderbird/Formula headquarters and production in new 345,000
sq. ft. facility in Decatur, Indiana.
'92 - Falcon lineup of boats added to Thunderbird's powerboat offerings.
'94 - Formula 280 Sun Sport introduced, revolutionizing dayboating.
'96 - Formula FAS³TECH multiplane hull design
is created with increased Speed, Stability, and Structural Technology.
'98 - Last year of manufacturing Falcon Models.
'00 - Thunderbird manufacturing facility enlarged by 143,500 sq. ft., with total
size now near 500,000 sq. ft.
'00 - F2 Class World & National Champions in Offshore Racing
'01 - Winners of the Mercury Constructor's Cup.
'02 - In November Thunderbird introduced their luxury icon - The Formula 47 Yacht.
'02 - Thunderbird Products manufactured their 10,000th boat.
'02 - Winners of the Mercury Constructor's Cup.
'03 - World & National Champions of Offshore Racing.
'04 - The Formula 370 Super Sport wins Powerboat Sport Cruiser of the Year.
'05 - The Formula 400 Super Sport wins Powerboat Sport Cruiser of the Year.
'06 - Thunderbird celebrates 50th Anniversary.
'06 - Formula 240 Bowrider earns the Powerboat Magazine "Boat of the Year" Award.
‘06 – Formula expands with an 85,000 square-foot addition to its Decatur, Indiana,
plant. The Formula team celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on
March 31st, 2006.
'06 - Formulaboats.com-U-7: Formula's Unlimited Hydroplane takes first-place in
ABRA National High Points.
'06 - Formula introduces the 310 Sun Sport with innovative aft transom lounge/sunpad
focusing on in-water activities while at anchor.