An engineering legend for the Super Star

Tom Blakely, VP Engineering of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for many years, takes up the reins at Lockheed Super Star Engineering in Auburn, Maine, on April 1.

With Dr. Rainer Sebus now devoting himself to new challenges within the Lufthansa Technik Group, the project team succeeded in winning not only a prominent successor in Tom Blakely to head up Super Star Engineering in Auburn but also someone who is more than familiar with the traditional Lockheed engineering methods and processes.

Until stepping down for age-related reasons in 2012, Blakely had been employed by Lockheed for more than 33 years in various roles. Having started out as a young engineer at Lockheed California, his career progressed through all operative locations of the company, from Burbank (CA) to Marietta (GA) and Fort Worth (TX), where he held management roles in a number of different projects. One of many highlights in his career was the engineering management of various multi-engine Lockheed transport aircraft types, including the P-3 "Orion".

Appointed Vice President Engineering at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth in 2003, he managed the Lockheed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program from 2004 to 2006 as Technical Director.

Lockheed Super Star Project Manager Andreas Pakszies: "In Tom Blakely we have succeeded in attracting someone to the project who is extremely competent technically and a profound insider in the sector and at the same time someone who will accompany us enthusiastically during the final stage of the maintenance of this Lockheed Martin historic aircraft."