JD McFarlan III Vice President, Air Vehicle Engineering Lockheed Martin Aeronautics


JD McFarlan

J.D. McFarlan III has 37 years’ experience in the development of advanced aerospace defense products. He is currently serving as Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Vice President for Air Vehicle Engineering. This team provides engineering support for all programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. He previously served for 10 years as Vice President, F-35 Test & Verification. In this capacity he was responsible for managing the overall flight test program and the contract specification verification for the F-35 program. Mr. McFarlan graduated from Auburn University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Also in 1984, Mr. McFarlan joined the Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics (which subsequently became part of Lockheed Martin in 1995) as a Propulsion Analysis engineer. J.D. received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.

J.D. has served in numerous positions of responsibility including F-35 Air Vehicle Development IPT lead, F-35 Air Vehicle Development IPT Deputy, Senior Manager F-35 Propulsion IPT, and Program Manager for the F-16 Diverterless Supersonic Inlet Flight Demonstration program.

J.D. is an AIAA Associate Fellow, serves on the Aerospace Engineering Advisory Council for Auburn University and on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail in Fort Worth. He is the executive sponsor for Lockheed Martin engagement with Auburn University and was named the 2021 Outstanding Mechanical Engineering alumnus at Auburn University.

J.D. and his wife Tammy of 34 years live in Fort Worth, TX and have two daughters and two grandchildren.