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February 05, 2010

First F-35B STOVL Aircraft Refueled In Flight

Initial Aerial Refueling Using "Probe-And-Drogue" System

In another first for the STOVL variant of the F-35 JSF, a Navy KC-130 has successfully performed the first in-flight refueling using a probe-and-drogue refueling system during a recent mission at Lockheed Martin's Ft. Worth, TX manufacturing facility.

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Fifth Lockheed Martin F-35 Enters Flight Testing

First Flight Included Basic Handling, Landing Gear Operation

A Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter became the fifth F-35 to begin flight operations Tuesday.

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Pentagon Will Move Forward Even If One Bidder Drops Out Of Tanker Competition

Gates Says He Hopes Both Boeing And Northrop Grumman/EADS Will Participate

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that he is ready to move forward on the new RFP for a replacement to the aging KC-135 tanker, and he hopes both Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADS will bid on the multi-billion dollar project.

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