Lockheed Martin is beginning ground tests of a cargo X-plane produced using advanced composite materials and manufacturing technology and designed to break the paradigm that airframe cost is dictated by aircraft weight. Assembly of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA), an extensively modified Dornier 328JET regional airliner, has been completed at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works in Palmdale, Calif., and the demonstrator is now in subsystem checkout. When the U.S. Air Force ...


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