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March 04, 2022

Navy Completes F-35 Recovery

Successful Salvage Operation Lets Intel Breathe Easy Once Again

The F-35 has gone for a few too many swims over the past year, said the commander in charge of salvaging the most recently submerged fighter. Navy Captain Gareth Healy oversaw the operation to recover an F-35C Lightning II from the icy depths, dredging it up from 12,400 feet. A delicate combination of remotely piloted diving equipment and a diving construction crane allowed the aircraft to be pulled up almost intact, but with unspecified damage. The remains of the plane were carefully obscured below a protective covering, likely hoping to protect some of the lesser-known aspects of the Lightning's design underneath damaged skin. 

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MQ-9 Reaches 2 Million Flight Hours

Military UAV Continues To Rack Up Experience with Operators Around the World

The MQ-9 Program has passed 2 million flight hours in service around the world, proving the General Atomics UAV's place as the standby in duty-ready autonomous aircraft. The MQ-9 has made it all the way to Block 5 in its life cycle, now boasting 27 hours of endurance at speeds up to 240 knots up to a ceiling of 50,000 feet. Using its embedded video capture, synthetic aperture radar, and more, the aircraft is a reliable choice for a remote controlled eye in the sky.

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