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Bob Stevens on Lockheed at 100: Innovation ‘Neither Simple, Nor Easy’

Bob Stevens
Bob Stevens

Brothers Allan and Malcolm Lockheed worked nights and weekends nearly a century ago to build their first airplane, one of many stories Lockheed Martin is highlighting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Marillyn Hewson
Marillyn Hewson

Allan the pilot and Malcolm the engineer eventually completed their Model G seaplane, then turned their second F-1 Flying Boat into their first military contract.

Tuesday, Lockheed marked 100 years to the date on which the company was first incorporated as Lockheed Corp. in San Francisco, harkening back to the brothers’ start.

“They faced innumerable technical and operational challenges along the way,” said Bob Stevens, Lockheed’s chairman and CEO. “But they pressed on, because they knew that pushing the boundaries of innovation is neither simple nor easy.

“A century later, that same dedication still propels us to take on our customers’ toughest challenges.”

The company now known as Lockheed Martin formed in 1995 via a merger of Lockheed Corp. and Martin Marietta, also founded in 1995.

Lockheed Martin marked the 100th anniversary of Martin Marietta in August.

“Our founders – the Lockheed brothers and Glenn L. Martin – were visionary and relentless innovators,” said Marillyn Hewson, president and COO, who succeeds Stevens as chief executive in January. “It’s no coincidence that both Lockheed and Martin chose a bold, dynamic star as their company logo.

“To them, the star represented performance, leadership and integrity – the same principles it represents for us today.”

Lockheed is providing donations in honor of its founders to the Burbank Historical Society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The company said both organizations work to preserve the history of the early aerospace industry in California.

As part of a year-long campaign to celebrate the century mark, Lockheed will conduct 100 community service projects, including packing 2,400 Thanksgiving dinners for families to making 20,000 care packages for troops stationed overseas.

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