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The Marshall companies have been internationally associated with aerospace engineering for nearly a century. The company employs over 1,800 people and is based on an 800 acres (3.2 km²) site with 1200000 square feet (111,483.6 m²) of covered hangar space. Marshall Aerospace is located at, owns and operates Cambridge Airport
Cambridge Airport
Cambridge Airport is a small regional airport in South Cambridgeshire, England. It is located on the eastern outskirts of Cambridge, south of Newmarket Road and west of the village of Teversham, from the centre of Cambridge and approximately from London.Opened in 1938, when it replaced the old...


Marshall Aerospace has the capabilities of an aircraft manufacturing company, covering all aspects of design, manufacture, maintenance, modification, conversion and logistic support of military, commercial and business aircraft. The company works on a large variety of aircraft types and projects world wide.

Modification and maintenance

  • Marshall Aerospace has been involved with all levels of aircraft maintenance, modification and conversion for more than seventy years. The Company has the authorisation and experience to work on a range of aircraft from Cessna Citation
    Cessna Citation
    The Cessna Citation is a marketing name used by Cessna for its line of business jets. Rather than one particular model of aircraft, the name applies to several "families" of turbofan-powered aircraft that have been produced over the years...

    s to Boeing 747
    Boeing 747
    The Boeing 747 is a wide-body commercial airliner and cargo transport, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies. It is among the world's most recognizable aircraft, and was the first wide-body ever produced...

    s in civil use, and from the C-130 Hercules
    C-130 Hercules
    The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport...

     to the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar
    Lockheed L-1011
    The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, commonly referred to as the L-1011 or TriStar, is a medium-to-long range, widebody passenger trijet airliner. It was the third widebody airliner to enter commercial operations, following the Boeing 747 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. Between 1968 and 1984, Lockheed...

     for the military. Marshall Aerospace carries out maintenance from routine daily maintenance to a full aircraft depot level checks.

  • All forms of conversions, re-configurations, modifications and repairs can be designed and implemented by Marshall Aerospace. The Company’s commercial aircraft hangar can house a range of different aircraft, for example a Boeing 747-400, an MD-11 and 2 A320s. Marshall also has other substantial hangar space that can hold up 12 C-130 Hercules
    C-130 Hercules
    The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport...


  • Marshall Aerospace has been the UK Designated Company for the Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules since 1966 and Sister Design Authority since 1988. The company oversaw the introduction of 25 2nd generation C-130Js and the retirement of half of the RAF's 1st generation aircraft. The company is the Design Authority for the RAF fleet of Tristar Tanker and Freighter aircraft, and is also the appointed Sister Design Authority for the RAF Boeing E-3D Sentry. Major maintenance and modification activity is undertaken on all these types, plus a complete range of other military and commercial aircraft.

  • Marshall Aerospace were the designated body assisting the Vulcan
    Avro Vulcan
    The Avro Vulcan, sometimes referred to as the Hawker Siddeley Vulcan, was a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, operated by the Royal Air Force from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A V Roe & Co designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced,...

     to the Sky project to restore to flight the Vulcan B.2 XH558.

  • The company has a long history of rapid response to customers, an example being the complete repaint of a Tristar at Cambridge on 16 January 1991. The aircraft was repainted in "desert colours" overnight and flown back to the Gulf for operations on 17 January 1991, the first full day of Operation Desert Storm.


  • Since 1998 the Marshall Aerospace technical training department has provided systems training to all levels of engineering. There are various training programmes available for people of all ages, from Apprenticeships and Graduate schemes, through to Adult Re-Training programmes. The courses provided are integral to meeting the business aims of the Company.


  • Notable past design achievements have included the design and build of the Concorde
    Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde was a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner, a supersonic transport . It was a product of an Anglo-French government treaty, combining the manufacturing efforts of Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation...

    The Droop Nose was a distinctive feature of both Concorde, the Moxon and the Tu-144. When these aircraft were in service, the pilot would lower the nose to improve visibility of the runway and taxiways. When in flight, the nose would be raised. Concorde also had a moving visor that would slide into...

     and visor in 1967, and a vestibular sled for medical research which flew 121 orbits in Space Shuttle Challenger
    Space Shuttle Challenger
    Space Shuttle Challenger was NASA's second Space Shuttle orbiter to be put into service, Columbia having been the first. The shuttle was built by Rockwell International's Space Transportation Systems Division in Downey, California...

     on STS-61-A
    STS-61-A was the 22nd mission of NASA's Space Shuttle program. It was a scientific Spacelab mission, funded and directed by West Germany – hence the non-NASA designation of D-1 . STS-61-A was the last successful mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger, which was destroyed during STS-51-L in 1986...

     in 1985. More recent projects include a variety of passenger to tanker and freighter aircraft conversions, together with the L-1011 converted as a launch vehicle for satellite delivery for Orbital Sciences and production of long range fuel tanks for Boeing 747-400ER and Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, as well as for the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft.

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