| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:00 AM
FRESNO — The blaze near Yosemite National Park had incinerated scores of acres and was spreading fast. It was time, federal officials decided, to attack it from the air with all the resources at their command.
As the nation's armada of air tankers...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 11:57 AM
A F-35 fighter jet performed a key test flight for the U.S. Marine Corps last week when it hovered above a naval ship then came down to stick its first nighttime vertical landing.
It’s a big milestone toward getting the radar-evading aircraft...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Area 51 has to be the worst-kept secret in the aerospace industry.
It’s where some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built by Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works were flight tested. Supposedly.
For decades, the government has...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 1:19 PM
The Navy awarded a $279.4-million contract to Raytheon Co. to build the next generation of electronic attack jammers, which spew radio waves and emit other electromagnetic noise to jumble enemy signals.
Electronic warfare technology -- much of it top...
| Jun 20, 2013
Few places in the aerospace industry are as revered as Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Skunk Works.
For decades, employees at the secretive site have designed and built the some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built.
The U-2 spy plane. The...
| Jun 15, 2013
Re "Struggling to take off," June 12
Granted, Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter jet under development is a spectacular technological achievement, but could somebody please tell me who exactly is the enemy that we need to fight with 2,457 of these...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 5:46 AM
It was April 23, 1991, when Pratt & Whitney's future changed in an instant.
The Air Force that day announced that its new advanced tactical fighter jet would be built by Lockheed Martin and powered by Pratt's F119 engine, a decades-long production...
| Dec 30, 2012
It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate.
Example: This year the "reality" show "Jersey Shore," which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 10:56 PM
Many people in the Imperial Valley have become accustomed to the presence of the British military units that rotate through for their desert training operations.
School children have had a chance to meet the tall Brits with strange accents who arrive in...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. has named a new president/CEO. The company announced today that its board of directors has chosen Larry A. Lawson to fill the position starting on April 6th.
Lawson, who was executive vice president of Lockheed Martin...
| May 5, 2013
Rep. Donna F. Edwards slipped into the F-35 cockpit — a stationary demonstration model — and gave the jet a simulated spin, trying out the controls, shooting down enemy aircraft over the Chesapeake Bay and executing a celebratory roll.