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F-16 flies through 4,500 deliveries

Lockheed Martin delivered the 4,500th example of the F-16 during a 3 April ceremony at its Fort Worth manufacturing site in Texas, describing the type as “the world standard for evolutionary fighters today”. The aircraft at the centre of the event was a single-seat Block 52 F-16C built under a 24-unit deal for the Royal Moroccan […]

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Boom time: night-time first for F-35

Lockheed Martin has released images showing the first night-time inflight refuelling sortie involving an F-35, with the milestone having been achieved on 22 March using conventional take-off and landing aircraft AF-4.   Flown from Edwards AFB in California by US Air Force test pilot Lt Col Peter Vitt, the Lightning II is shown alongside the Boeing […]

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PHOTO: Latest RQ-170 leak reveals new design secret

The Secret Projects forum has leaked a new series of images of the US Air Force’s Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel. One of the images for the first time offers the clearest view yet of the RQ-170′s nose, which reveals inlet shape as an isosceles trapezoid. The basic shape is not uncommon for such flying-wing, stealthy […]

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USAF: Search launched for “overdue” F-22 in Alaska

A Lockheed Martin F-22 lost contact with US Air Force air traffic control at 7:40pm (11:40pm EST) yesterday during a routine mission from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. A search is underway. As of about 8am EST, the USAF still classified the aircraft and the pilot as overdue. The USAF has lost two F-22s in […]

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Oil spill opens C-130 export sale to China

Photo courtesy US Air Force China may be the next export customer for the Lockheed Martin C-130.Really.The White House on Friday posted this letter from President Barack Obama to Rep Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives: “I hereby report to the Congress that it is in the national interest of the United States […]

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Michael Yon captures RQ-170 at Kandahar

About six months ago, intrepid mil-blogger Michael Yon posted a comment on this blog below an item showing a new photo of an Northrop Grumman X-47B. Yon wrote:“I saw something like that land at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (Maybe was something else, but looked very similar.)”Close, Michael, but not quite. The X-47B still hasn’t flown yet. […]

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#AUVSI: Skunk Works unveils medium-altitude surprise

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a concept for a new unmannedaerial vehicle (UAV) that appears aimed at the emerging market for amedium-altitude surveillance aircraft with several days of endurance. A diagram on the exhibit booth yesterday identifies theaircraft by the acronym “MPLE”, but does not elaborate.The photo shows the aircraft flying at what appears to bemedium […]

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It’s “Jet Month Sale” at your local Lockheed dealer!

According to this video posted anonymously on YouTube last week, it might be a good month to buy a Lockheed Martin jet. The six-year warranty on a pre-owned F-117 is truly a one-time offer! If they throw in the floormats and waive the excise tax, I might crack open the checkbook.

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Mixed messages on possible F-35 funding cut?

When the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel passed their version of the Fiscal 2011 spending bill on Tuesday, the legislators buried a whopper of a mystery funding cut. The aircraft procurement account for the US Air Force would be slashed by $2.263 billion next year if the subcommittee’s version of the bill becomes law. By […]

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The F-22 debate: Sestak vs Chambliss

Joe Sestak is a retired vice admiral and now a Pennsylvania congressman. Saxby Chambliss is a senator from Georgia, where the F-22 is assembled. They did not actually debate each other at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) this morning. Chambliss spoke first in favor of extending F-22 production, then left for a […]

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