Lockheed Martin commercial freighter completes first flight

The first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) LM-100J commercial freighter aircraft has achieved a critical milestone with the completion of its first flight,.

This first flight followed the same test flight route over North Georgia and Alabama that is used for all C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

The LM-100J will complete initial production flight tests and then begin Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certificate update flight test requirements.

The LM-100J is the 17th different mission capability developed for the C-130J Super Hercules and it is an updated version of the L-100 cargo aircraft, produced by Lockheed Martin from 1964-1992.

Through select design innovations, the LM-100J will perform as a commercial multi-purpose air freighter capable of delivering bulk and oversize cargo, particularly to austere locations worldwide.

The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L‑100s that result from years of C-130J operational experience, including more than 1.5 million fleetwide flight hours.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.