At Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, one thing’s for sure: you’ll never have to worry that thinking big won’t fly (pun intended) with your team. That elevated approach is the reason why this company is turning aircraft vision into aircraft reality and making the skies safer here in the US and in 70-plus other countries around the world. And they didn’t become an aeronautics leader by accident. It’s all possible thanks to founder Kelly Johnson’s Skunk Works® approach to teams, processes, culture and values. Don’t believe us? We’ll let the aircraft do the talking. Here are three reasons why working at Lockheed Martin won’t be your average job or internship.
- The Hercules C-130 is Basically a Movie Star
That’s right. As if 54 World Aviation records weren’t enough, the Hercules C-130 has also been in 120 movies including Godzilla, Air Force One, Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk. Entertainment value aside, it can also refuel from up in the sky or down on land and provide weather forecasts in the middle of a hurricane. It’s also carried everything from Presidents to chickens (really!) and people have gotten married on board (really, really).
- The F-35 Lightning II Has Social Media Street Cred
We never thought we’d be jealous that an aircraft has more Twitter followers than we do (over 47,000 of them, actually). All things considered, though, the F-35 Lightning II has earned it. It’s the only 5th generation multirole stealth fighter in the world, and it gives pilots 360 degrees of awareness while they’re up in the sky. Possibly even more impressive? All of its features like flight controls, radar functionality and weapons deployment are powered by over 8 million lines of software code.
- The U-2 Dragon Lady Makes an Average Plane’s Cruising Altitude Seem Like Child’s Play
That plane-window shot you took on your flight to Miami for spring break is Insta-worthy for sure, but imagine the reaction if you took it from 70,000 feet. That’s what pilots on board the U-2 Dragon Lady get to see after they’ve climbed 63,000 feet in about the time it takes a passenger plane to ascend 35,000 feet. From there, you can see the curve of the earth, plus colors so bold, there’s no filter needed. But this aircraft isn’t just about the photo opps. It also helps with disaster relief efforts for earthquakes, floods and forest fires.
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