Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA)

PRODUCT FINDER

Aerospace & Defense

Information Technology

Space

Emerging Capabilities

Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA)

acca-home

It is truly revolutionary – using advanced composites to build a lighter and more durable transport aircraft. Lockheed Martin’s famed Advanced Development Programs, also known as the Skunk Works®, is again reinventing the way we fly.

The United States Air Force Research Laboratory has selected Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® to build an X-Plane with new materials and structural concepts that could forever change the way we envision and fly aircraft.

Part of this innovative design is the use of super lightweight and super strong composites. The result will be the world’s first Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft. The aircraft’s mid/aft fuselage and empennage will be constructed of advanced composites over 12 months.

The use of composites in aircraft manufacturing will mean lighter, less expensive and more durable aircraft that also are easier to maintain. For example, the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft manufacturing process will require far fewer parts and will dramatically reduce corrosion and metal fatigue issues.

Once the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft is proven, these same manufacturing innovations will be applied to other next-generation aircraft including combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles being employed by U.S. and allied forces.

ACCA First Flight

The Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft took to the skies for the first time on June 2, 2009.

ACCA

A look at the development of the ACCA.

ACCA First Flight

The Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft took to the skies for the first time on June 2, 2009.

Truly Revolutionary

The ACCA is made of advanced composites, making it lighter and more durable.

At It Again

Skunk Works® is once again reinventing the way we fly with the ACCA.

Reduced Costs

ACCA is proving that composite technologies are drastically reducing design and manufacturing costs.

Game Changing

Once proven, the ACCA has the potential to change aircraft manufacturing for the better.

Fewer Parts

The ACCA manufacturing process requires fewer parts.

First Flight

The ACCA flew for the first time on June 2, 2009.

Truly Revolutionary

The ACCA is made of advanced composites, making it lighter and more durable.