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The Glenn L. Martin
Glenn L. Martin
Company was an American aircraft and aerospace manufacturing company founded by aviation pioneer Glenn L. Martin. The Martin Company produced many important aircraft for the defense of the US and allies, especially during World War II
World War II
and the Cold War. During the 1950s and 60s, the Martin Company moved from the aircraft industry into the guided missile, space exploration, and space utilization industries. In 1961, the Martin Company merged with American-Marietta Corporation, a large sand and gravel mining company, forming Martin Marietta Corporation. In 1995, Martin Marietta merged with aerospace giant Lockheed to form the Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin


1 History

1.1 Origins 1.2 Mexican Revolution 1.3 World War I 1.4 Inter-war years 1.5 World War II 1.6 Postwar

2 Products

2.1 Training aircraft 2.2 Bombers and Attack aircraft 2.3 Reconnaissance and observation aircraft 2.4 Military seaplanes 2.5 Civil aviation
Civil aviation
airliners 2.6 Other types of aircraft 2.7 Aircraft
engines 2.8 Missiles and rockets 2.9 Booster rockets

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Origins[edit] Glenn L. Martin
Glenn L. Martin
Company was founded by aviation pioneer Glenn Luther Martin on August 16, 1912.[3] Martin started building military trainers in Santa Ana, California, and in 1916, Martin accepted a merger offer from the Wright Company, creating the Wright-Martin Aircraft
Company in September.[1] This new company did not go well, and Glenn Martin left to form a second Glenn L. Martin
Glenn L. Martin
Company on September 10, 1917; it was based in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] (Later, its headquarters would be moved to Baltimore, Maryland.) Mexican Revolution[edit]

The "Sonora", a Martin Pusher single seater, saw combat in the Mexican Revolution (1913).

In 1913 Mexican insurgents from the northwestern state of Sonora bought a single seater Martin Pusher biplane in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
with the intention of attacking federal naval forces attacking the port of Guaymas.[4] The aircraft was shipped on May 5, 1913 in five crates to Tucson, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
via Wells Fargo Express, and then moved through the border into Mexico to the town of Naco, Sonora. The aircraft, named "Sonora" by the insurgents, was reassembled there and fitted with a second seat for a bomber position. The "Sonora", armed with rudimentary 3-inch pipe bombs, performed the first known air to naval bombing runs in history. World War I[edit]

Glenn Martin TT with sergeant Broeckhuysen of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force seated in the middle with factory mechanics (1917).

For the Dutch East Indies a number of planes were delivered, with the first flight on November 6, 1915. It involved 2 types TE, 6 types TT and 8 types R. Martin's first big success came during World War I
World War I
with the MB-1 bomber,[5] a large biplane design ordered by the United States Army on January 17, 1918. The MB-1 entered service after the end of hostilities. A follow-up design, the MB-2, proved successful;[5] 20 were ordered by the Army Air Service, the first five of them under the company designation and the last 15 as the NBS-1 (Night Bomber, Short range). Although the War Department ordered 110 more, it retained the ownership rights of the design, and put the order out for bid. The production orders were given to other companies that had bid lower, Curtiss (50), L.W.F. Engineering (35), and Aeromarine
(25).[6] The design was the only standard bomber used by the Air Service until 1930, and was used by seven squadrons of the Air Service/Air Corps: four in Virginia, two in Hawaii, and one in the Philippines. Inter-war years[edit] In 1924 the Martin Company underbid Curtiss for the production of a Curtiss-designed scout bomber, the SC-1, and ultimately Martin produced 404 of these. In 1929 Martin sold the Cleveland plant and built a new one in Middle River, Maryland, northeast of Baltimore. During the 1930s, Martin built flying boats for the U.S. Navy, and the innovative Martin B-10
Martin B-10
bomber for the Army.[7] The Martin Company also produced the noted China Clipper
China Clipper
flying boats used by Pan American Airways for its transpacific San Francisco
San Francisco
to the Philippines route. World War II[edit] During World War II, a few of Martin's most successful designs were the B-26 Marauder[8] and A-22 Maryland bombers, the PBM Mariner and JRM Mars[9][10] flying boats, widely used for air-sea rescue, anti-submarine warfare and transport. The 1941 Office for Emergency Management film Bomber
was filmed in the Martin facility in Baltimore, and showed aspects of the production of the B-26.[11] Martin ranked 14th among US corporations in the value of wartime production contracts.[12] The Martin Company built a total of 531 Boeing
B-29 Superfortresses and 1,585 B-26 Marauders at its Omaha, Nebraska, plant at Offutt Field. Among the B-29s manufactured there were all the Silverplate
aircraft, including Enola Gay
Enola Gay
and Bockscar which dropped the two, war-ending atomic bombs on Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, Japan.[13] Postwar[edit] On April 22, 1957, the company name was changed to The Martin Company.[14] Postwar efforts in aeronautics by the Martin Company included two unsuccessful prototype bombers, the XB-48 and the XB-51, the marginally successful AM Mauler, the successful B-57 Canberra tactical bombers, both the P5M Marlin and P6M SeaMaster seaplanes, and the Martin 4-0-4
Martin 4-0-4
twin-engine passenger airliner.

The Vanguard rocket, designed and built by Martin for Project Vanguard, prepares to launch Vanguard 1.

The Martin Company moved into the aerospace manufacturing business. It produced the Vanguard rocket, used by the American space program as one of its first satellite booster rockets as part of Project Vanguard. The Vanguard was the first American space exploration rocket designed from scratch to be an orbital launch vehicle — rather than being a modified sounding rocket (like the Juno I) or a ballistic missile (like the U.S. Army's Redstone missile). Martin also designed and manufactured the huge and heavily armed Titan I
Titan I
and LGM-25C Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). Martin Company of Orlando, Florida, was the prime contractor for the US Army's Pershing missile.[15] The Martin Company was one of two finalists for the Command and Service Modules of the Apollo Program. NASA
awarded the design and production contracts for these to the North American Aviation Corporation. The Martin Company went further in the production of larger booster rockets for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
and the U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
with its Titan III
Titan III
series of over 100 rockets produced, including the Titan IIIA, the more-important Titan IIIC, and the Titan IIIE. Besides hundreds of Earth satellites, these rockets were essential for the sending to outer space of the two space probes of the Voyager Project
Voyager Project
to the outer planets the two space probes of the Viking Project
Viking Project
to Mars, and the two Helios probes
Helios probes
into low orbits around the Sun. (closer, even, than Mercury.) Finally the US Air Force required a booster rocket that could launch heavier satellites than either the Titan IIIE
Titan IIIE
or the Space Shuttle. The Martin Company responded with its extremely large Titan IV
Titan IV
series of rockets. When the Titan IV
Titan IV
came into service, it could carry a heavier payload to orbit than any other rocket in production. Besides its use by the Air Force to launch its sequence of very heavy reconnaissance satellites, one Titan IV, with a powerful Centaur rocket upper stage, was used to launch the heavy Cassini space probe to the planet Saturn
in 1997. The Cassini probe orbited Saturn
from 2004 to 2017, successfully returning mountains of scientific data. The halting of production of the Titan IV
Titan IV
in 2004 brought to an end production of the last rocket able to carry a heavier payload than the Space Shuttle, which itself ended in 2011. The Martin Company merged with the American-Marietta Corporation, a chemical products and construction materials manufacturer, in 1961 to form the Martin Marietta Corporation. In 1995, Martin Marietta, then the nation's 3rd-largest defense contractor, merged with the Lockheed Corporation, then the nation's second largest defense contractor, to form the Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin
Corporation, becoming the largest such company in the world.[2] The Martin Company employed many of the founders and chief engineers of the American aerospace industry, including:

Dandridge M. Cole
Dandridge M. Cole
- moved on as aerospace engineer at General Electric Donald Douglas - founder of Douglas Aircraft, later as McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) Lawrence Dale Bell
Lawrence Dale Bell
- founded Bell Aircraft, now Bell Helicopter James S. McDonnell
James S. McDonnell
- founded McDonnell Aircraft, later as McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) J.H. "Dutch" Kindleberger - CEO and Chairman of North American Aviation Hans Multhopp
Hans Multhopp
- concepts used to create NASA's Space Shuttle C. A. Van Dusen - Brewster Aeronautical Corporation

Martin also taught William Boeing
how to fly and also sold him his first airplane. Products[edit] Training aircraft[edit]

Martin T Martin S Martin N2M

Bombers and Attack aircraft[edit]

Martin MB-1 Martin NBS-1 Martin XNBL-2 (night bomber) Martin T3M
Martin T3M
(torpedo bomber) Martin T4M
Martin T4M
(torpedo bomber) Martin XLB-4 (light bomber project) Martin XT6M (torpedo bomber) Martin B-10/B-12/XB-13/XB-14/O-15/O-45 Martin BM-1 (dive bomber) Martin BM-2 (dive bomber) Martin 146
Martin 146
(Medium bomber) Martin XB-16 (not built) Martin 167 Maryland Martin B-26 Marauder Martin B-29 Superfortress Martin XB-27 Martin 187 Baltimore Martin XB-33 Super Marauder
Martin XB-33 Super Marauder
(not built) Martin B-35A Martin AM Mauler Martin P4M Mercator
Martin P4M Mercator
(patrol bomber) Martin XB-48 Martin XB-51 Martin B-57
Martin B-57
under license from English Electric (British)

Martin RB-57D Canberra Martin/General Dynamics RB-57F Canberra

Martin 316/XB-68 (not built)

Reconnaissance and observation aircraft[edit]

Martin S Martin MS Martin MO Martin M2O-1 Martin XO-4

Military seaplanes[edit]

Martin P3M-2

Martin PM-1 Martin XP2M Martin P3M Martin PM-2 Martin PBM Mariner Martin JRM Mars Martin PBB-1 Martin P5M Marlin Martin P6M SeaMaster Martin P7M SubMaster

Civil aviation
Civil aviation

Martin 70 Martin M-130
Martin M-130
China Clipper Martin M-156
Martin M-156
(Russian Clipper) Martin 2-0-2 Martin 3-0-3 Martin SeaMistress (not built) Martin 4-0-4

Other types of aircraft[edit]

Naval Aircraft
Factory NO


Martin 333, a four-cylinder inverted in-line piston engine

Missiles and rockets[edit]

AAM-N-4 Oriole ASM-N-5 Gorgon V MGM-1 Matador MGM-13 Mace MGM-18 Lacrosse Bold Orion Titan (rocket family)

SM-68 Titan HGM-25A Titan I LGM-25C Titan II

Viking (rocket)

Booster rockets[edit]

The four-stage Vanguard rocket Titan II GLV Titan III

Titan IIIB Titan IIIC

Titan IV In addition, after the removal of 54 Titan IIs from alert status as ICBMs in the mid-1980s, about 50 of them were used as satellite launchers by the U.S. Air Force. The rest of them were either scrapped or used as museum pieces.

See also[edit]

Glenn L. Martin
Glenn L. Martin
Maryland Aviation Museum Martin State Airport


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Lockheed Martin
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Glenn L. Martin
Glenn L. Martin
Company and Martin Marietta aircraft

Model numbers

57 60 66 67 70 71 73 74 75 117 118 119 120 122 123 125 129 130 139 145 146 156 162 166 167 170 179 182 187 189 190 193 202 205 210 219 223 234 237 247 259 270 272 290 303 307 313 316 317 321 327


M-130 202 303 404

Attack aircraft

A-15 A-22 A-23 A-30 A-45 AM


B-10 B-12 XB-13 XB-14 XB-16 B-26 XB-27 B-33 B-48 XB-51 B-57 XB-68 BM MB

Maritime patrol


Military transports


Military trainers


Scout/Torpedo bombers


Reconnaissance aircraft

RB-57D RB-57F

Martin Marietta