People Behind the Plane


Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is a world leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of the finest military aircraft in the world. This recognition has been earned through relentless research and development of high-performance aircraft, and by continuously seeking innovative, low-cost design and manufacturing strategies.

Rapid prototyping, simulation-based virtual design, and composite process development are just a few of the many engineering proficiencies that make Lockheed Martin pre-eminent in the aeronautics industry.

Lockheed Martin products play an important role in the defence of Canada, the United States and many other countries, and help ensure peace and stability around the world.

Lockheed Martin has been involved with Canada as a partner of and supplier to the Canadian Forces for half of the 100 years of flight. The C-130 Hercules, for example, has been flown by Canada’s Air Force for more than 40 years.

In addition to the C-130J Hercules, the company’s long list of dependable and highly regarded aircraft includes:

  • F-16 Fighting Falcon;
  • F-117 Nighthawk;
  • F-22 Raptor;
  • C-5 Galaxy;
  • C-27J Spartan;
  • C-141 StarLifter; and
  • P-3 Orion.

In October 2001, the company won the competition to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), a stealthy, supersonic, multirole fighter designed for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the U.K. Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

With systems like the Virtual Product Development network, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company uses the latest in engineering technology. The company’s factories feature some of the most advanced production technologies in the world, such as laser ultrasonic inspection and laser direct manufacturing.

Highly specialized personnel and facilities are key to Lockheed Martin’s unrivaled success in the aeronautics industry. The company’s workforce of more than 20,000 has pre-eminent expertise in advanced aircraft design and production, modification and support, stealth technology, and systems integration.

The company’s headquarters, which is also a major manufacturing operation, is located in Fort Worth, Texas, with other major design and manufacturing sites in Marietta, Georgia, and Palmdale, California. The company also operates plants in Clarksburg, West Virginia; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Meridian, Mississippi; and Pinellas, Florida, and has a number of international offices in various countries around the world.

Lockheed Martin Canada employs over 450 people across Canada with its head office in Ottawa and supporting operations in Montréal, Halifax, and Victoria.

Marietta, Georgia is home to the C-130J Hercules. This facility has built more than 2,300 C-130 Hercules airlifters in four major versions. The Palmdale, Pinellas Park, Meridian, Johnstown, and Clarksburg facilities also contribute to the production of the C-130.