Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is a major unit of Lockheed Martin with headquarters at Air Force Plant 4 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is also based in Marietta, Georgia and Palmdale, California. Palmdale is home to the Advanced Development Programs (ADP), informally known as the "Skunk Works". Various subassemblies are produced at locations in Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

The company draws upon the history of the former Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations. While the formation of Lockheed Martin in 1995 was a merger of equals, by far the greatest contribution to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics was the product portfolio of Lockheed. This included the C-5, C-130, and C-141 transports as well as the F-2, F-16 (purchased from General Dynamics), F-117, F-22, and F-35 Lightning II.

The most important project by far to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the F-35 Lightning II (JSF). Worth a potential $200bn the initial order book is approximately 3,000 excluding almost guaranteed export orders. The F-22 air dominance fighter, while smaller in terms of aircraft ordered, is still of great importance to Lockheed Martin (and partner Boeing).

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  • Lockheed C-141 StarLifter
    First flown in 1963, the Starlifter is a strategic airlifter. The C-141 was produced at Marietta.
  • Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
    The C-5 is the largest strategic airlifter in the USAF inventory and one of the largest aircraft in the world. The Galaxy was produced at Lockheed's Marietta facility and it is here that the current avionics and engine modernization programs are being undertaken.
  • Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
    The F-117 stealth aircraft is a product of Lockheed's Skunk Works. First flown in 1981, the aircraft has been put out of service in favor of the F-22.
  • Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
    The most advanced tactical fighter in the world, the F-22 has been praised for its unparalleled performance and derided for its cost in equal measure.
  • Lockheed S-3 Viking
    The Viking is the US Navy's anti-submarine jet and also provides surveillance of surface shipping.
  • T-50 Golden Eagle
    The T-50 is an advanced jet trainer produced by a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The two companies have formed the T-50 International Company for export marketing.
  • Lockheed U-2
    The U-2 is a single-seat, single-engine, high-altitude reconnaissance airplane which first flew in 1955.

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