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Lockheed Martin to Move 560 Jobs to Texas from Marietta

Hundreds of Marietta-based Lockheed Martin employees who worked on the F-22 Raptor are having their jobs relocated to Fort Worth, Texas.

Lockheed Martin plans to move 560 salaried jobs from Marietta to its Fort Worth, Texas-based Aeronautics division by March, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dallas News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram report.

Marietta employees affected include engineers, schedulers and persons in administrative positions. They have until Jan. 7 to decide if they plan to move.

The employee group affected has been building the F-22 Raptor, and now they’ll be supporting the aircraft, Dallas News reports.

Lockheed Martin continues to produce F-16 Fighting Falcons at a low level from the Fort Worth plant. That work has evolved into a support business that includes making modifications to and updating the F-16, Dallas News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram report. So it makes sense to consolidate all support work to Fort Worth.

While the F-22 Raptor was assembled in Marietta, one-third of the construction was completed in Fort Worth. In all, Lockheed Martin delivered 195 F-22s to the Air Force beginning in 1997, with eight Raptors used as test aircraft. was delivered to the U.S. Air Force.

The 40 F-22 employees in Marietta who will remain are set to focus on canopy work and other specialized tasks, the AJC reports

Patrick Shane December 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The F 22 has not been used in a combat despite the initial introduction of this jet in 2005. The last of the 188 planes rolled off the assembly line in April of 2012. It has cost The United States more than $64 billion, more than double the initial expected cost. Now they have given another contract to Lockheed Martin to fix the mistakes of the 188 planes that have issues. The US spends more on its military than the next 19 biggest spending nations combined. This is where our nation needs to cut its spending. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czoLH2KEQ6E

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