Titanium in Aviation and Aerospace
Titanium was abn obvious choice for aviation and aerospace applications (lightweight, stable, heat-resistant, rust proof, neutral). Within less than after a decade after means of commercial extraction were devised, in the 1950s, Lockheed built an airplane made almost entirely of titanium: the sleek, dark, SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Titanium use took off very quickly, from space capsules to supersonic airliners.
Aircraft grade titanium alloys are about 3 times stronger than basic steel, and approximately 45% lighter. Aircraft grade titanium is 300 to 800% stronger than basic grade titanium.
Titanium Aviation and Aerospace Suppliers
Atlas Titanium International
MGI Metalagraphics Manufacturing
Subcontract Manufacturing (UK)
Walden's Machine, Inc.