Parker Aerospace Group

Its products are used on aircraft manufactured throughout the world today, including commercial transports, military fixed-wing planes, regional and business aircraft, helicopters, missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Based in Irvine, California, Parker Aerospace operates 39 facilities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Parker Aerospace has enabled countless technology leaps over the past century playing integral roles in supporting commercial aviation development, war efforts, the exploration of space, the evolution of business aircraft, and our modern UAVs.

The Role of Aviation in Parker’s 100 Years of Innovation

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One hundred years ago in 1917, the Parker Hannifin Corporation was founded, based on the dream of one young man.  Today, a century later, the company is a global leader in motion control technologies, with facilities throughout the world and a workforce of thousands providing innovative products to countless industries.  Parker Aerospace, one of the corporation’s operating groups, is a foremost supplier of flight control, hydraulic, fuel, inerting, fluid conveyance, lubrication, and pneumatic systems and components for virtually every major aircraft program worldwide.  The foundations for this remarkable brand began many years ago, as the aviation industry itself was being born.

Charles Lindbergh received world acclaim with the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, supported by a Parker fuel system.  Lindbergh, worried about common fuel leakage problems that might result in empty – and deadly – fuel tanks over the Atlantic, chose Parker’s robust fuel equipment for the Spirit of St. Louis to help get the aircraft across safely.  Reaching Le Bourget airport near Paris, not a drop had leaked, and Lindbergh had 85 gallons of fuel left.