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2010-03-18 14:00:00

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A supersonic Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter rode more than 41,000 pounds of thrust to a vertical landing today for the first time, confirming its required ability to land in confined areas both ashore and afloat. "Today's vertical landing onto a 95-foot square pad showed that we have the thrust and the control to maneuver accurately both in free air and in the descent through ground effect,"...

2010-03-16 10:30:00

FAIRFAX, Va., March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $30.6 million contract for the production of 118 Type-3 advanced mission computers (AMC) for the F/A-18 Super Hornet aircrafts. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The advanced mission computer is the nerve center of the Super Hornet, providing situational awareness and combat systems control to the flight crew. A...

2010-02-19 11:58:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Air Force officially becomes the first F-35 Lightning II customer later this year, when the first of the stealth fighters is delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The delivery will initiate a massive recapitalization of the Air Force's multi-role fighter fleet, and will usher in profound increases in capability, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) executive said Friday. "The first two production F-35s are in final assembly at Lockheed...

2010-02-17 14:39:00

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piloted by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Test Pilot Jeff Knowles, the third F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., today. "Today, the third of our five STOVL test jets joined the F-35 fleet at the Test Center as our flight test program initiates the expansion of the F-35's flight-sciences envelope," said Tom Burbage, Lockheed...

2010-02-02 17:43:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter today became the fifth F-35 to begin flight operations. The jet, known as BF-3, departed the runway near Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant at 4:02 p.m. CST for its first flight. During the one-hour sortie, F-35 Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley tested the aircraft's handling qualities, engine functionality, landing gear operation and basic...

2010-01-27 10:51:00

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A Royal Air Force officer on Tuesday became the first active-duty service pilot from the United Kingdom to take to the skies in a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). RAF Squadron Leader Steve Long piloted BF-2, the second short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B, over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., logging the aircraft's 18th mission. Long departed at 9:55 a.m. EST...

2010-01-07 15:28:00

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter engaged its STOVL propulsion system in flight for the first time today. The successful test is the first in a series of planned STOVL-mode flights that will include short takeoffs, hovers and vertical landings. "The joint F-35 industry and government team has already shown during extended ground tests that the...

2010-01-07 07:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Photonix, Inc.(R) (NYSE Amex: API) announced today that its subsidiary, Picometrix, LLC has entered into a Phase II SBIR contract from the Air Force to develop a prototype terahertz quality control system. The system will be based on the patented fiber-coupled T-Ray 4000(R) instrument, and utilized to ensure the proper fit of the coated exterior surfaces of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, which has been...

2009-12-29 14:41:00

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The second Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter arrived today at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph T. "O.D." Bachmann piloted the aircraft nonstop from Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth, Texas, plant to Patuxent River, successfully completing aerial refueling en route. Bachmann departed at 11:07 a.m. EST and arrived in Patuxent River...

2009-12-22 14:31:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) program has announced that the United Kingdom has received financial approval to purchase its third Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35B Lightning II operational test aircraft, reinforcing the U.K.'s continued commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter program's upcoming Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E). "The U.K. this week received financial approval to go ahead and purchase the third U.K. STOVL...