Lockheed Martin has developed an Airborne Multi-INT Laboratory (AML), based on a Gulfstream III business jet. The AML provides a platform for trials, experimentation and evaluation of intelligence-gathering and -dissemination systems, and of operational techniques. The U.S. defense group has also established ground vehicle-based and fixed-site Multi-INT laboratories.
Two weeks ago Lockheed Martin flew its Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) testbed from Palmdale, California. Test pilots Rob Rowe and Joe Biviano took the ACCA through a series of airspeed, stability and control tests to bring Phase II of the program to a successful conclusion.
Durrell Unger “Dee” Howard, a determined and talented pioneer in the post- World War II development of business aviation, died on February 11 at age 88 in San Antonio, Texas.
Intense speculation surrounds the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2010 U.S. defense budget submission, which is now being deliberated in secret within the Pentagon. According to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, difficult choices must be made. The spotlight has fallen on two aerospace programs: whether to buy any more F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, and whether to abandon the VH-71 Presidential helicopter program.
Elvis Presley’s 1962 Lockheed JetStar–the only one of the three aircraft owned by The King still in private hands–was put on the auction block December 19 at the 35th Annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction. According to auctioneer Kruse International, the jet has never been restored and features the original exterior and interior.
Lockheed SP-2H, Reno, Nev., Sept. 1, 2008–The Lockheed Neptune air tanker was destroyed after losing power and crashing two miles from Reno Stead Airport, killing the two ATP-rated pilots and a flight mechanic. A witness who watched the airplane take off reported seeing flames coming from the left engine when the airplane was at about 100 to 300 feet agl. The left wing was engulfed in flames.
The program to provide new VIP helicopters for the U.S. president has taken a step forward with first flight of an “operational pilot-production example” of the Lockheed Martin VH-71. The three-engine helicopter, which is based on the AgustaWestland AW101 (born as the European Helicopter Industries EH 101), had its maiden flight at the AgustaWestland factory in Yeovil, England, on September 23.
Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway are all formally investigating alternatives to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to replace their F-16s.
In the 1950s, Dee Howard of San Antonio converted and rebuilt Lockheed B-34/PV-1 Venturas as executive transports, calling them the Howard Aero 250 and 350. Over a four-year period the company also built 16 new Model 350s, virtually by hand, which it called the Howard 500. The Howard 500 retains the general lines of the Model 350 and its powerplant, the 2,500-hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 CB-16/17 radial engine.
The U.S. FAA granted avionics display provider Barco FAR Part 145 repair station authorization at its service center in Duluth, Georgia. The approval enables Barco to perform maintenance on control display units and flight displays used in a variety of airplanes, including the Boeing 737-700, Lockheed C-130J, Lockheed C-5, Pilatus PC-12 and Grob SPn.