Monday, April 29, 2013

Three Generations Strong

Working at Lockheed is a family institution
by Curtis B.

Both my father and grandfather worked at Lockheed. My grandfather worked for Vega Aircraft Corporation in the 1930s, as a shipping and receiving clerk. My father, “Tex,” worked at Lockheed from 1940 to 1970. He started in the maintenance department and advanced to P-38 production to flight line supervisor on the “Connie Tri-Tail.” In the late 1950s, my father joined Kelly Johnson’s “Skunk works.” There, he worked on the U-2 and SR-71 programs, and was the final assembly department manager on the SR-71 program. I worked at Lockheed from 1966 to 1995 on the SST, U-2, SR-71, L-1011, C-130 and F-117 programs. I also worked at the Helendale Radar Cross Section Facility. Thank you!