Marshall Aerospace, with employment which averages around 1,500 and sales of around £100M per annum, has a wide range of international approvals and certifications and has specialised, in recent years, in design, modification and maintenance support for such aircraft as the C-130 Hercules, for which Marshall Aerospace has been the UK designated company for RAF aircraft since 1966 and Sister Design Authority since 1988; the Lockheed TriStar, for which the Company is the Design Authority for the Royal Air Force fleet of TriStar tanker freighter aircraft which Marshall converted to these roles in 1983; the Boeing E3 Sentry Airborne Early Warning Aircraft for which Marshall Aerospace is the Sister Design Authority; Gulfstream Corporate Jets for which Marshall Aerospace is one of the few authorised Service Centres outside the United States since 1960; Global Express for which Marshall is the main UK Service Centre; Boeing 747 -400 on which the Company has carried out modification work on over 110 aircraft on behalf of British Airways as well as a wide range of other aircraft; including Airbus, Cessna Citation, MD-11, DC10 and Dominie.
One of the major strengths of the Company’s aerospace business is its Aircraft Design Office and notable past achievements have included the design and build of the Concorde droop nose and visor in 1967; a space sled for medical research which flew 121 orbits in the space shuttle Challenger in 1985; Early Boundary Layer Control experiments in the 1950s; assistance with the development with the National Research Development Corporation on the Hydro/Oxygen Bacon Fuel Cell used in space; and the design and development of a Lockheed TriStar aircraft as a satellite space vehicle for the NASA space programme. The Company has also designed and installed a major avionics updated integration programme on C-130 Hercules aircraft for the South African Air Force which is the most advanced upgrade programme ever on this type of aircraft.
Marshall Aerospace is a member of the Engineering Employers’ Federation, the Society of British Aerospace Companies and the Royal Aeronautical Society. The advancement of employee skills is maintained through a robust training and development programme which includes a regular apprentice intake each year, with surplus training capacity being provided to the other companies. Marshall Aerospace was one of the first companies to introduce the Modern Apprentice Scheme to the aerospace industry and, in recent years, has achieved national prominence to both its Apprentice Training Scheme and its innovative adult re-skilling schemes. The Company has also received praise for its programme of ‘Continuous Professional Development’ amongst its employees.
Marshall Aerospace plays a major part in the local community.