Lockheed Martin last month secured a $30 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for more “paveway” II laser-guided bomb (LGB) kits. Why the use of lower-case to describe this well known “smart” weapon, many thousands of which have been dropped from Western combat aircraft? It’s because LM and Raytheon compete as a dual-source suppliers of the LGB kits, and the two corporations are in a long-running legal dispute over terminology.
Mercury Air Center LGB, a division of Mercury Air Group, has moved its operations into a newly built facility at Long Beach’s Daugherty Field. Flight crews and passengers will find a full-service day spa, gourmet deli and four-star Italian restaurant overlooking the runways. The FBO also has a passenger lobby topped with vaulted stainless-steel ceiling, full-height windows and privacy booths for telephone/laptop use.