Ed Linhart Joins Rocketplane as VP of Manufacturing

Ed Linhart has joined the Rocketplane Global team as the Vice President of Manufacturing. In this position Ed will be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing for the company. He will lead the company in developing partnerships with existing manufacturing companies and building in house capabilities to meet the company’s production needs.

David G. Faulkner, CTO & Program Manager of Rocketplane Global said, “We are very pleased to have Ed join the team. Ed has very few equals within the circles of aerospace manufacturing and his broad experience base, both in small and large programs, will prove to be invaluable as we bring the Rocketplane vehicles into reality.”

Ed most recently was the Vice President of F-35 Global Production for Lockheed Martin. He started on the program in April 2003 and saw the F-35 from Design to Flight Test. He was responsible for implementing the most modern assembly line in the aerospace industry, to reach a production rate of one aircraft a day. Ed retired at the end of September 2007.

Ed was a consultant to small and large companies from 2001 to 2003. He was consulting for Lockheed Martin on the F-22 Program when they asked him to take the position on the F-35 Program.

From 1990 through 2001 Ed had organized and lead purchases of small private companies and small divisions of companies such as Raychem, ALCOA and Hexcel corporations. He sold his interests in these companies and retired in August 2001.

Prior to 1990 Ed was President of Western Gear Corporation; Vice President of Central Manufacturing for Northrop Corporation, Aircraft Division; Vice President of Production for AVCO Aerostructures Division; Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, Fairchild Republic; and Branch Manager of Manufacturing Engineering Projects for McDonnell Douglas. Ed has been involved in many production programs such as DC-9, DC-10, F-4, A-4, F-15, F18, A-10, Bae-146, C-5, C-130, L-1011, F-20, B-2, F117, F-22 and F-35.

Ed graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial in 1975 and a Masters Degree in 1977. He also received a diploma in Executive Management from Claremont Graduate School in 1979. Furthermore, he received a Certificate in Executive Management from Insead University, France in 1988. Ed was born in march 1941 and he and his wife live in Azle, Texas.

About Rocketplane Global
Rocketplane Global, Inc. was formed in 2001 to develop, build, and operate vehicles to serve the suborbital space tourism market. Since mid 2004, the company has been developing the Rocketplane XP to address the sub-orbital space tourism and microgravity markets. The vehicle will be able to reach 100km above the earth while providing passengers with more than three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the earth previously only available to astronauts. For more information, please visit the website:
Rocketplane Global - Beyond Earth, Beyond Imagination®

For inquiries regarding the information contained in this press release, please contact:

George French III
Business Development Associate
Rocketplane Global
4300 Amelia Earhart Ln.
Oklahoma City OK, 73159
405-488-1200 x126

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