Glenn L. Martin,

the Man and His Company

Born in 1886 in Macksburg, Iowa, “The Flying Dude” was Glenn L. Martin’s nickname shortly after his pioneering flight in 1909. By 1911 he was being mentioned, along with the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, as one of the leading Ameri­cans of powered  flight.

In 1912 Glenn Martin set the world record over water by traveling from mainland California to Catalina Island and back. On the return, he delivered mail, also a first.

He gave starts to several of the most prominent men of the aviation industry. (See list at right.)

He built his first aircraft in an abandoned church in Santa Ana, Calif., moved to Los Angeles then was lured to Cleveland.  shifted his business to Middle River in 1929 after buying 1,260 acres outside Baltimore. He built the most modern facility of its time, eventually producing more than 11,000 planes. The Glenn L.  Martin Company employed more than 50,000 workers during World War II. Glenn L. Martin had a large and lasting impact on the Middle River area.  Click here for Glenn L. Martin Company and the Middle River Community.

Glenn Martin died in 1955.

In 1995, the merger of Martin Marietta and Lockheed produced the Lockheed Martin Corpora­tion, one of the world’s premiere technology companies.

The Martin Company employed many of the founders and chief engineers of the American aerospace industry, including:

Martin also taught William Boeing how to fly and also sold him his first airplane.

Contact us:

GLMMAM

P.O. Box 5024

Middle River, MD 21220-0024

410-682-6122

martinmuseum@gmail.com

Visit us:

Martin State Airport

701 Wilson Pt. Road, Suite 531

Middle River,  MD 21220

OPEN - Wednesday to Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM

Closed on Major Holidays

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