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F-35 Orders Pile Up as Lockheed Strike Drags On

F-35C JSF night takeoff
Welcome to Morning Coffee, a robust blend of links to news around the Internet concerning Naval Air Station Patuxent River, NAVAIR, the Pentagon and beyond. The Leader provides this link feature as a survey of the news and announcements affecting the local military economy. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Leader’s owners or staff.
F-35C JSF night takeoff

Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Matt Taylor ascends in F-35C test aircraft CF-2 June 13. The flight was the first night takeoff for the carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and evaluated the aircraft’s night lighting system. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Reuters reports that Lockheed brings on even more workers to replace striking machinists at the Joint Strike Fighter plant. Lockheed succeeds in having three union labor complaints dismissed, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports and adds that the union plans to appeal the dismissal. DoD Buzz says the F-35 program is in no real political danger. The Marines want to stand up the first operational F-35B squadron by November, FlightGlobal reports. Lockheed received a $489 million advance acquisition contract from NAVAIR to provide long lead-time parts for 35 more F-35s, including six F-35Bs for the Marine Corps and four F-35Cs for the Navy. Meanwhile, Norway signs up for the program, Aviation Week reports.

CTSi named Maryland Tech Council’s Emerging Company of the Year, the Enterprise reports.

Adm. Winter leaves China Lake to head to Pax River.

FlightGlobal says the KMAX unmanned helicopter is a glimpse into a pilotless cargo transportation future.

White House tells Congress to “do its job” on sequestration, The Hill reports.

Pentagon looks to create and “app store” for drone ground stations, Wired reports.

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