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2011-02-24 09:04:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alan "Al" Norman, a veteran Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) experimental test pilot, was recently named Chief Test Pilot for the F-35 Lightning II program. Norman replaces former F-35 Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley, who retired Jan. 31. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1999, Norman served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years as a fighter pilot and test pilot. In 1999, he left active duty and became an experimental test pilot for Lockheed Martin...

2011-02-14 15:42:00

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus on Friday became the first United States Navy pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35C Lightning II. The F-35C will operate from the U.S. Navy's large aircraft carriers by way of catapult launch and arrested landing. The United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force also will employ the F-35C. "The in-air handling qualities of the F-35C are excellent, and very similar to the B...

2011-01-03 09:00:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, has achieved initial service release (ISR) for the short take off and vertical landing variant (STOVL) F135 engine, marking another major milestone. The propulsion system is now certified as the production configuration and cleared for flight in the Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighter. Pratt & Whitney received ISR for the conventional take off and landing/carrier...

2010-12-28 07:30:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- System Planning Corporation (SPC) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company to supply an SPC MkVe Radar Cross Section (RCS) Radar Imaging System for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program. The contract also includes provisions for spare parts and equipment for long term support of the radar system. Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the JSF Program, will use the SPC MkVe...

2010-12-20 10:21:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine has surpassed 20,000 test hours as it completes the ground development and demonstration phase of the program. The F135 accumulated 3,600 test hours during the concept demonstration phase, 15,800 test hours during development and more than 700 hours powering the F-35 Lightning II flight test program. In addition, the F135 team has completed all rigorous STOVL testing required to successfully achieve the...

2010-12-15 09:45:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II program team reached its 2010 goal of 394 test flights jointly established by the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office and Lockheed Martin. Since the first flight of the F-35 on Dec. 15, 2006, the program has logged a total of 531 flights, expanding the performance envelope of the three F-35 variants and testing the mission systems. "We exceeded our 394-flight goal and...

2010-12-14 09:30:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyle has been competitively awarded a $318 million five-year task order to provide engineering and integration support services to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office. Awarded by the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, the company will perform the work for the JSF F-35 Lightning II Program under the GSA Professional Engineering Services Schedule 871. Specific tasks will include...

2010-12-09 13:28:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney has delivered the first production F135 Short Take Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) engine for the F-35 Lightning II, a major milestone and clear demonstration that the F135 STOVL propulsion system has transitioned from development to production. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. "The F135 engine program accomplishments this year have been historical, and this first production STOVL...

2010-11-19 16:33:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a $3.5 billion contract modification from the U.S. Department of Defense to manufacture 31 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in the fourth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP). The contract also funds manufacturing-support equipment, flight test instrumentation and ancillary mission equipment. Including the long-lead funding previously received, the total contract value for LRIP 4 is...

2010-11-15 14:29:00

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The fundamental building block for all future avionics software on the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has entered flight testing on an F-35 test jet. "Block 1," the first of three principal software-development blocks for the F-35's mission systems, made its inaugural flight on Nov. 5 in the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft known as BF-4. The functional check...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.