The Founding of the Glenn L. Martin Company


On August 16, 1912, a 26-year-old barnstormer with sky-high aspirations and an entrepreneurial spirit officially established a new venture with his namesake – the Glenn L. Martin Company.

For four decades, Glenn Martin led the company and delivered innovations that would change the world: the MB-2 bomber, the B-10, the WWII marvel B-26 Marauder, and countless others. After Martin’s retirement in 1953, the Martin Company (later to become Martin Marietta) continued that pioneering tradition, going on to power the space race, revolutionize manufacturing with the Zero Defects program, and develop groundbreaking missile and rocket technologies.

“Glenn L. Martin’s story is one of achievement, purpose and integrity,” said Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO. “He was a true visionary who lived to advance technology in the name of progress.”

Martin’s story is our story – one of 100 stories of innovation we will highlight during this Centennial commemoration. Lucky Lindy, Rosie the Riveter, the iconic SR-71 Blackbird and a look at the first missions to Mars are just a few of the remarkable people and achievements we will feature.

“As we look to our next 100 years, the lessons from our founders – both Glenn L. Martin and Allan and Malcolm Lockheed – are clear,” said Chris Kubasik, Lockheed Martin Vice Chairman, President and COO. “They took on the toughest challenges to address some of the world’s most pressing priorities, and they anticipated their customers’ needs and move decisively often through adversity, to solve them. This company was built on that blueprint, and its one we’ll continue to follow into our next century.”

Explore our Centennial site and follow us as we continue our commemoration. If you have a story to tell about the last 100 years of aviation and technology innovation, here’s your chance to share it – check out the new Share Your Story page to read others’ memories and to submit your own.


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