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Robert E. Gross

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation

1934 - 1956

Automotive & Aerospace

1930 b. 1897
UndergraduateHarvard University
Born-Died1897 - 1961
BirthplaceMassachusetts (MA)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1930

Gross developed the popular World War II military pursuit plane named the Lightning in the U.S. and the Hudson in Britain. Gross’ Lockheed accounted for 6% of U.S. airplane production during World War II building 19,000 planes and employing a peak of 94,000 employees in 1943. During the Korean War, Lockheed emerged as the biggest defense company in the nation due to demand for its Shooting Star fighters and Constellation transports.