The career of this amazing company was launched when Allan Loughhead taught himself to fly in 1910. Allan and his brother, Malcolm, built their first airplane in 1912. It was a three-place seaplane in which hundreds of air-minded passengers were subsequently given their first flights at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco in 1915. The first small factory of the Loughhead brothers went into operation in 1916 at Santa Barbara. The organization became a company in 1926 and moved to Hollywood a year later, then to the present site at Burbank in 1928. The name was changed at this time to Lockheed to conform with the proper pronunciation of the Loughhead brothers' name.
The history of the company is laid out, if incompletely, in the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation timeline compiled from entries in A Chronicle Of The Aviation Industry In America 1903 1947, subtitled "A Salute To The Aviation Industry."
- Model 10 Electra two-engined transport; militarized as XR2O-1 VIP transport; developed as XC-35 pressurization testbed.
- Model 14 Super Electra two-engined transport; militarized as Model 414 Hudson
- Model 18 Lodestar two-engined transport; militarized as Vega PV-1 Ventura
- A-28/A, A-29/A/B Hudson two-engined bomber
- XC-35 two-engined transport; pressurization testbed.
- C-69 Constellation four-engined transport
- F-5 two-engined photo-recon version of P-38 Lightning
- P-38 Lightning two-engined fighter/interceptor
- P-80 Shooting Star jet-powered fighter
- PV-1 Ventura (B-34/A/B Lexington) two-engined bomber
- PV-2 Harpoon (B-37) two-engined bomber; upgraded PV-1 Ventura
- "Design for Daring," from March, 1942, has a drawing of P-38s seen from below between the booms of a P-38 in the foreground.
- "Lightning strikes," from April, 1942, has a painting of a P-38 shooting a stylized Dornier.
- "End of Rehearsal
," from June, 1942, shows a drawing of a pilot climbing into the cockpit of a P-38, seen from directly above.
- "So it's a fight they want
," from August, 1942, has a drawing of a P-38 in closeup, seen from in front of the right inner wing.
- "Tough Customer," from October, 1942, features a drawing of a P-38 seen from 7 o'clock high.
- "Open for business", from January, 1943, features a drawing of two Venturas on a bomb run. Foreground plane, seen from 11 o'clock, is dropping bombs.
- "Call it Lightning say the pilots," from February, 1943, has a drawing of P-38s in a steep climb; foreground plane seen from 2 o'clock.
- "Bruiser", from March, 1943, shows a Venturas in formation. Viewpoint is 12 o'clock low; foreground plane is closeup of nose and left engine.
- "What do you mean medium bomber!", from May, 1943, has a drawing of a Ventura dive bombing, seen from 6 o'clock.
- "The eyes of the Coral Sea battle," a comic-strip format ad from June, 1943, tells the story of Captain Karl Polifka, who flew reconnaissance missions in conjunction with the Battle of the Coral Sea in an F-5.
- "Jap-hunting without a gun," for July, 1943, features a drawing of an F-5 taking enemy fire and with battle damage, seen from 2 o'clock high.
- "6,000 experts keep Lockheeds in trim!," from August, 1943, shows a photo of a ground crew of 6 working on a drop-tank-equipped P-38, seen from 11 o'clock.
- "Holland earth for a homesick Dutchman", is an illustrated account of a low-altitude raid against German installations in Holland.
- "Introducing the Navy's first land-based bomber", has a drawing of Venturas attacking a capital ship. Foreground plane is seen from 7 o'clock close.
- "Captain Hoelle's Somersault," from November, 1943, tells the story of Capt W J Hoelle, who struck a telephone pole while strafing German positions in Tunisia.
- "Score one for the Sub-buster", is an illustrated account of the sinking of a U-Boat by a Ventura.
- "P-38 Team," from January, 1944, shows ground crew working in the right main wheel well of a P-38.
- "End of the line change for Kiska," from May, 1944, shows a P-38 in the hangar door, seen from adjacent to the right outboard cooler scoop.
- "This is Lockheed Leadership, The Constellation", a two-page ad from August, 1944, shows a Constellation in flight, seen from 2 o'clock high.
- "Pickled Lightning," from August, 1944, shows two workmen at the left nacelle of a P-38. Viewpoint is just to the right of the nose.
- "The Constellation", a two-page ad from April, 1945, shows a Constellation in TWA livery on the ground, seen from 11 o'clock.