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Lockheed 1, 2, 5 Vega Lockheed 1, 2, 5 Vega

1927

First becoming keenly interested in aviation during 1910, the brothers Allan and Malcolm Loughead (pronounced Lockheed) founded in early 1916 ...

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The very considerable success and proven reliability of the Vega made this aircraft of interest to many airlines, but Western ...

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Lockheed 3 Air Express

1928

Lockheed 3 Air Express

Lockheed 8 Sirius Lockheed 8 Sirius

1929

Developed originally to meet a requirement of Charles Lindbergh for a low-wing monoplane of high performance, the Lockheed 8 Sirius ...

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The sole YP-24, delivered to the Army on 29 September 1931, was the first fighter designed by the Lockheed firm ...

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Lockheed YP-24

1931

Lockheed YP-24

Lockheed 8 Altair Lockheed 8 Altair

1931

When acquiring his Sirius, Charles Lindbergh had intimated that he might be interested in having retractable landing gear, with a ...

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Seeing, in the latter part of 1930, a potential market for a light transport aircraft, Lockheed began development of the ...

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Lockheed 9 Orion

1931

Lockheed 9 Orion

Lockheed 10 Electra Lockheed 10 Electra

1934

Lockheed's first major move towards becoming a significant manufacturer of transport aircraft came with design of the Lockheed 10 Electra. ...

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When the Lockheed 10 Electra first entered service, its 10-passenger capacity was considered to be too small for airline operators, ...

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Lockheed 12 Electra Junior

1936

Lockheed 12 Electra Junior

Lockheed 14 Super Electra Lockheed 14 Super Electra

1937

Designed to compete against the DST/ DC-2/DC-3 series being developed by the Douglas company, the Lockheed 14 Super Electra failed, ...

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The Hudson was originally built to the order of the British government as a military conversion of the L.14 transport. ...

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Lockheed Hudson

1938

Lockheed Hudson

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Lockheed P-38 Lightning

1939

The P-38 was the only American fighter built before World War II to be still in production on VJ Day. ...

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Design and development of the Lockheed 18 Lodestar began as a result of the poor sales achievement of the read more ...

Lockheed 18 Lodestar

1939

Lockheed 18 Lodestar

Lockheed Vega Starliner Lockheed Vega Starliner

1939

Designed by Lockheed's subsidiary AiRover Company, which by 1938 became the Vega Airplane Company, the Vega Starliner was a five/six-seat ...

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The success of the Hudson in RAF service led Lockheed to propose a military version of the larger read more ...

Lockheed 37 / PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon

1940

Lockheed 37 / PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon

Lockheed Vega 35 Lockheed Vega 35

1941

North American Aviation Inc, designed during 1937 the prototype of a lightweight primary trainer which it designated North American NA-35. Powered ...

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The Lockheed XP-49, its designation seemingly out of sequence in that it was a conception of pre-war years, was designed ...

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Lockheed XP-49

1942

Lockheed XP-49

Lockheed 49, 749 Constellation Lockheed 49, 749 Constellation

1943

Design of the Lockheed L-49 began in 1939 to meet the requirement of Pan American Airways and Transcontinental & Western ...

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In June 1943 Lockheed was instructed to proceed with the design and development of a new single-seat fighter, utilising as ...

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Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star

1944

Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star

Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning

1944

The Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning resulted from a US Army contract, of 27 April 1943, which tasked Lockheed to build ...

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The first US Navy contract for two XP2V-1 Neptune maritime-reconnaissance bombers was placed in April 1944. The first prototype flew ...

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Lockheed P-2 Neptune

1945

Lockheed P-2 Neptune

Lockheed 75 Saturn Lockheed 75 Saturn

1946

First flight 17 June 1946. Cancelled in 1948 in favour of Douglas DC-3.

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Lockheed's P-80 Shooting Star has its own special niche in USAAF/USAF history. From it evolved a lengthened-fuselage two-seat trainer version, ...

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Lockheed T-33

1948

Lockheed T-33

Lockheed F-94 Starfire Lockheed F-94 Starfire

1948

Third member of Lockheed's F-80 family, the F-94 Starfire was evolved to satisfy a requirement for a two-seat all-weather radar-equipped ...

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Although two prototypes of the Lockheed 89 Constitution were built for the US Navy, under the designation XR60-1, no production ...

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Lockheed 89 Constitution

1948

Lockheed 89 Constitution

Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation / EC-121 Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation / EC-121

1950

The next stage in development of the Constellation was the L-1049 Super Constellation with lengthened fuselage, strengthening for higher ...

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The Lockheed XF-90 was built to meet a USAF requirement for a long-range penetration fighter (along with the McDonnell XF-88 ...

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Lockheed XF-90

1950

Lockheed XF-90

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

1954

Lockheed's G. L. "Kelly" Johnson has designed some really exciting aircraft, but the company's Model 83 (which originated in late ...

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The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop aircraft that serves as the main tactical airlifter for military forces worldwide. ...

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Lockheed C-130 Hercules

1954

Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon

1954

Under the designation Lockheed XFV-1, the company completed and flew the first of two prototypes of a single-seat VTOL research ...

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Development of the U-2 began in the spring of 1954 to meet a joint CIA/USAF requirement for a high-altitude strategic ...

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Lockheed U-2

1955

Lockheed U-2

Lockheed 1649 Starliner Lockheed 1649 Starliner

1956

Last of the civil Constellation-derived airliners was the L-1649A Starliner, with a completely new wing of increased span and with ...

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The design of the Lockheed L-188 Electra began in 1954, and in the following year the company received a launching order ...

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Lockheed L-188 Electra

1957

Lockheed L-188 Electra

Lockheed 1329 JetStar I / II Lockheed 1329 JetStar I / II

1957

To meet a US Air Force requirement for an 'off-the-shelf' high-performance light transport, Lockheed developed the Lockheed 1329 JetStar. A ...

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When in August 1957 the US Navy needed an advanced ASW/maritime patrol aircraft, the urgency was highlighted by the fact ...

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Lockheed P-3 Orion

1959

Lockheed P-3 Orion

Aermacchi/Lockheed AL.60 Conestoga Aermacchi/Lockheed AL.60 Conestoga

1959

During the late 1950s the Lockheed Georgia Company, Marietta, Georgia made a rare venture into the general aviation market with ...

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The USAF's SR-71A two-seat strategic-reconnaissance aircraft originates from the remarkable Lockheed A-11, detail design of which began in 1959. Almost ...

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

1961

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed VZ-10 Hummingbird / XV-4 Lockheed VZ-10 Hummingbird / XV-4

1962

Under the company designation Lockheed VZ-120, Lockheed designed and developed two prototypes of a VTOL aircraft using turbojet engines to ...

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The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter is a military strategic airlifter in service with the United States Air Force. Introduced to replace ...

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Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

1963

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

1968

The first C-5A Galaxy (#66-8303) was "rolled out" on 2 March 1968. On June 30th 1968 Lockheed-Georgia Co. began flight ...

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The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was the third widebody passenger jet airliner to reach the marketplace, following the Boeing 747 "jumbo ...

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Lockheed L-1011 Tri Star

1970

Lockheed L-1011 Tri Star

Lockheed QT-2 / Q-Star / YO-3A Lockheed QT-2 / Q-Star / YO-3A

1971

Faced with the military requirement for a quiet observation aircraft, Lockheed developed the two-seat Q-Star. Two QT-2s flew in August ...

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The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a United States Navy jet aircraft used to hunt and destroy enemy submarines and provide ...

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Lockheed S-3 Viking

1972

Lockheed S-3 Viking

Lockheed XST Have Blue Lockheed XST Have Blue

1977

Stealth technology demonstrator. The first prototype flew in December 1977. Both prototypes crashed.

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Successfully kept secret for nearly 15 years, the Lockheed F-117A was the winning submission for the 'black' XST (Experimental Stealth Technology) ...

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Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

1981

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Lockheed F-22 Raptor Lockheed F-22 Raptor

1990

Without doubt, the most exciting combat aircraft of the early twenty-first century is the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. In the ...

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The X-35 Joint Strike Fighter project originated in a 1980s requirement by the US Marine Corps and the Royal Navy ...

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Lockheed-Martin X-35

2000

Lockheed-Martin X-35

Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II

2006

The F-35 Lightning II descended from the X-35 of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is a ...

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