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2011-05-03 13:42:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney announced yesterday that its JSF119 propulsion system has been installed by the Smithsonian Institution at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The JSF119 propulsion system was the power behind Lockheed Martin's X-35B, the precursor to the F-35B, that flew in 2001. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. Visitors to the museum, located...

2011-05-03 08:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today that it has received a $110 million contract from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to produce composite components for low rate initial production (LRIP) Lots 5 through 9 of the F-35 Lightning II - Joint Strike Fighter. The contract includes production of multiple components through the LRIP 9 phase of the program. Under the terms of the contract, ATK will use advanced hand lay-up processing techniques to manufacture...

2011-05-02 09:00:00

STRATFORD, Conn., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has completed wind tunnel testing of its active rotor system equipped with high authority flaps. The effort is jointly funded by Sikorsky and the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD). Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO ) "The...

2011-04-04 15:05:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II test jets made considerable flight test progress during the first quarter of 2011, conducting 199 test flights versus a plan of 142 flights. Additionally, the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant logged six times more vertical landings in the first quarter than in all of 2010. The test program remained ahead of plan despite the grounding of various test fleet aircraft for 4-15...

2011-03-31 12:00:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney's F119 engine powering the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor, successfully reached its first hot section full-life capability of 4,325 total accumulated cycles (TACs), during a recent mission at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. This achievement was made possible through an accelerated engine maturity program, using engines that "lead the fleet" to demonstrate full-life capability of F119 production engines. Pratt &...

2011-03-15 16:37:00

STRATFORD, Conn., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. X2 Technology(TM) demonstrator team has been named the winner of the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually to recognize the greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in America. It is the 100th Collier Trophy to be awarded since the inception of the prize. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110315/NE65870 ) (Logo:...

2011-02-28 13:32:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney's F135 conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) production engine powered the successful first flight of a production F-35 aircraft on Friday, Feb. 25. This milestone marks the introduction of Pratt & Whitney's F135 production engines into service. Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. "The first flight of a production F135 engine and F-35 Lightning II aircraft is another...

2011-02-25 17:05:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The first production model of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II made its inaugural flight today in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Air Force this spring. The jet will head to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to support developmental testing shortly after the Air Force takes delivery. "The aircraft was rock-solid from takeoff to landing, and successfully completed all the tests we put it through during the flight," said...

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...


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  • A spider.
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