Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I Worked on the P-38 Assembly Line

My Lockheed Martin career began at age 16
by Robert La R.

I worked at the Lockheed Burbank plant in1943 when I was 16 years old. I participated in a plan whereby you worked for four weeks and then went to school for four weeks. I worked on the P-38 assembly line until April of 1944, when I joined the Navy. When I was discharged in 1946, I worked a variety of jobs mostly in the aerospace industry. I retired from a division of Xerox called Electro-Optical Systems, which was later sold to Loral and then eventually to Lockheed Martin. Lockheed was the first job I ever had, and I ended up receiving a small pension from Lockheed Martin due to company sales and mergers.