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2012-01-25 14:50:00

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With George Lucas' Red Tails soaring at the box office, The National WWII Museum announces its acquisition and restoration of a P-51 Mustang, the aircraft depicted in Hollywood's drama about the courageous fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American aviators in the United States military. They comprised the United States Army Air Forces 99th Fighter Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group and...

2012-01-12 09:35:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 System Development and Demonstration 2011 flight test program resulted in the completion of more test flights and test points than in any year. The 2011 flight test plan called for the accumulation of 872 flights and 6,622 test points by Dec. 31. For the year, the SDD program flew 972 flights and tallied 7,823 test points. The F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) variant flew 474 flights...

2012-01-11 17:20:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The first two Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) production model F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft were delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps today. The two jets are now assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 residing with the host 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla. The aircraft, known as BF-6 and BF-8, flew separately arriving at 3:13 p.m. and 4:39 p.m. CST respectively after...

2011-12-20 10:34:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Japanese Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa has announced the selection of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the F-X program. The F-35 is produced by Lockheed Martin and powered by Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine. The announcement includes 42 installed engines, spare engines and a logistics support program. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. The Japanese government's decision to select the F-35...

2011-12-19 20:21:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Japan Ministry of Defense has announced its selection of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II as the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) next generation fighter aircraft, following the F-X competitive bid process. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant (CTOL) was offered by the United States government with participation from Lockheed Martin. The initial contract will be for four jets in Japan Fiscal...

2011-11-22 10:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a contract to complete the development of the Infrared Search and Track (IRSTO) sensor system for the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F, marking the start of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development phase of the program. "IRST is a game-changer for air-to-air combat, providing a 'first to see, first to strike' capability," said Paul Hey, IRST senior program manager in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire...

2011-11-22 09:24:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --The first international Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Lightning II rolled out of the factory Sunday evening. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will use the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet, known as BK-1, for training and operational tests. BK-1 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in the coming months. The jet is scheduled to be...

2011-11-16 10:30:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin Aerospace has awarded Vision Systems International (VSI) two additional phases in the development of the helmet mounted display system (HMDS) on the F-35. The contract will enable VSI to enhance the F-35 HMDS currently in production for the 5th generation Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. "This award reaffirms the confidence that Lockheed Martin has in VSI to advance the fifth generation HMDS capabilities that...

2011-11-04 11:31:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] F-35 flight test program continues to make progress. Since the last flight test update issued on Sept. 20, the F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation multirole fighter conducted 185 test flights, bringing the total number of test flights for the year to 837. A major highlight for October was the completion of F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) ship suitability testing aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) off the coast...

2011-10-04 03:12:00

LONDON, October 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the current operations in Libya directly impacting the direction of the fighter jet market, military and industry professionals are faced with the challenge of defining immediate upgrade plans and future capability developments. How are investments being prioritised for future fighter modernisation programmes in light of these recent operations and tightening budgets? Is it better to procure new fighters now, potentially saving...