Sikorsky is now part of Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky is now part of Lockheed Martin, having been sold by United Technologies.

First flight of CH-53K King Stallion

Sikorsky has conducted the first flight of the CH-53K King Stallion, the next heavy lift helicopter for the US Marine Corps.

Image credit: Sikorsky

Image credit: Sikorsky

US Air Force awards LRS-B contract to Northrop Grumman

The US Air Force announced today the contract award of Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and early production for the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) to Northrop Grumman Corporation. The losing competitor was a team of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

NASA Glenn Research Center icing courses for pilots

NASA Glenn Research Center has excellent online courses for pilots about icing.

F-35 identification

How good are you at distinguishing the F-35A, B and C models? Read this article and then take the two quizzes.

US Navy retires its last T-2C Buckeye

The US Navy has retired it’s last North American T-2C Buckeye on September 25, 2015. The T-2 introduced generations of student naval aviators to jet flight. It was replaced by the T-45 Goshawk. The last T-2 Buckeyes in service were used as chase planes by VX-20 at NAS Patuxent River.

Image credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain/US Navy

Image credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain/US Navy

Cessna Citation M2 pilot report

Fred George of Business & Commercial Aviation takes the Cessna Citation M2 for an evaluation flight.

Image credit: Textron Aviation

Perlan 2 first flight

The Perlan 2 glider had its first flight on September 23. The test pilots were Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock.

Perlan 2 is designed to fly to 90,000 feet at the edge of space to explore the science of giant mountain waves that help create the ozone hole and change global climate models. This will require the engineering of a spacecraft with glider wings that can fly in less than 3% of normal air density and at temperatures of -70 degrees C, conditions approximating the surface of Mars.

Photo of the week

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Kestrels” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

NASA’s next set of flagship-class planetary missions

NASA’s last decadal survey report issued in 2011 set NASA’s foremost planetary science objectives as a Mars sample return mission and a probe to Europa.

NASA’s next Mars rover set for launch in 2020 will collect and store rock specimens for retrieval and return to Earth by a future mission, fulfilling the first step in a multi-mission odyssey to bring back samples from the red planet’s surface. NASA formally approved the Europa flyby probe earlier this year to assess the icy moon’s habitability.

The candidates for the round beyond that include:

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