Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
The Strawberry Point Flightline at the museum, where all of its aircraft are displayed. From left to right: Martin 4-0-4, McDonnell F-101B Voodoo, McDonnell F-4C Phantom II, Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk, 2 Martin RB-57A Canberras, and Republic F-105G Thunderchief. Bottom right is Beech D.18S.
|Location||Martin State Airport, Middle River, Maryland|
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum is located at Martin State Airport in Middle River, Maryland. It educates visitors through the use of exhibits, artifacts, archival materials and stories about aviation in Maryland over the last hundred years, with an emphasis on the Glenn L. Martin Company and the more recent Lockheed Martin histories.
The aircraft currently on display are on loan from the Navy and Army, with the exception of the Martin 4-0-4, which was donated to the museum in 1999. The museum also hosts periodic open cockpit days featuring three or four selected aircraft. The history of the Martin Corporation is told with displays of models, films, photographs and documents from the museum's large archive. There is a research library, through which this archive can be examined on appointment. The museum relies on volunteers who run the museum and assist the visitors with admissions, store purchases, and tours. They also help with visiting school groups, other educational projects and aircraft restorations.
Glenn L. Martin flew his first glider in 1907 and his own design of pusher configuration biplane on 1909. He founded the Glenn L. Martin Company in 1911. When this was merged into the Wright-Martin corporation in 1917, he set up a new company, based in Cleveland, with the original name. In 1928 it moved to Baltimore, where Martin bought over 1,260 acres in the suburb of Middle River and built some of the most modern aircraft manufacturing plants of its time. Huge facilities sprang up including an airport (with hangars and terminal) and several communities that still exist.
Between the years 1911 and 1960, the Glenn L. Martin Company produced over 80 different types of aircraft totaling more than 11,000 planes, including dozens of Boeing B-29s (50 of which were the "Atomic Bombers" including Enola Gay and Bockscar).
In 1960 the company abandoned aircraft design, changed its name to The Martin Corporation and produced missiles like the Titan missile series. From 1965, as the Martin Marietta Corporation, it produced lifting bodies.
The following aircraft are in the museum's collection.
- Beech 18S
- Beech T-34C Mentor
- Bell UH-1M Iroquois
- Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
- ERCOUPE 415C
- Lockheed T-33
- LTV A-7D Corsair II
- North American F-100F Super Sabre (two)
- Martin 4-0-4
- Martin RB-57A Canberra (two)
- McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II
- McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
- Republic RF-84F
- Republic F-105G Thunderchief
Other aircraft and exhibits in storage and not available for viewing are:
- Grumman F-9F Cougar
- Aft fuselage and tail of a Martin P6M SeaMaster jet flying boat
- Two Martin AM Mauler aircraft under restoration
- "Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum". Official website. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
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- "Current Projects." Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum. Retrieved: 22 October 2018.
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