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2011-05-27 10:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyle has played a significant role in assessing noise exposure for the East and West Coast basing of the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II (aka Joint Strike Fighter) aircraft. Wyle supported TEC Inc. in developing the F-35B West and East Coast Basing Environmental Impact Statements, which evaluated the environmental effects associated with the proposed replacement of aging F/A-18A/C/D Hornet and AV-8B Harrier II aircraft with new F-35B...

2011-05-16 07:09:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney a $1.13 billion contract for F135 production engines to power the F-35 Lightning II. Pratt & Whitney and the DoD have reached an agreement on price and terms for the LRIP 4 contract, originally awarded in July 2010, which contains fixed-price and cost-plus incentive fee elements. This low rate initial production (LRIP) contract includes production, spare parts, sustainment...

2011-05-09 14:40:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has accepted into its fleet the first of a planned 1,763 production-model Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters. The signing of formal acceptance documents for the jet, known as AF-7, took place at Lockheed Martin's F-35 final assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, May 5. The jet flew to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Friday to begin its flight testing program. "This first aircraft is...

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...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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