Sen. Susan Collins of Maine "flies" the F-35 cockpit demonstrator during an employee appreciation event at Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick, Maine, facility. Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney hosted the event. Those in attendance received a briefing on the status of the program and had the opportunity to sit in the pilot's seat to see how advanced stealth, fighter agility and integrated information will enable pilots to survive and operate effectively in various projected threat environments.
Lockheed Martin Showcases F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator to Local Workers and Elected Officials During Special Employee Appreciation Event at Pratt & Whitney Facility
F-35 program, critical to US national security, relies on manufacturing operations in Maine
Governor Paul LePage (R-ME), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Speaker Mark Eves (D-ME), local elected officials, facility employees and members of the media "flew" the F-35 Lightning II demonstrator at a special employee appreciation event hosted today by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and program partner Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) company, at Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick facility. The 877,000 square foot North Berwick plant is the largest manufacturing facility in Maine under one roof.
Governor LePage, Senator Collins and Speaker Eves, along with executives from Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney, commended the contributions North Berwick facility employees make towards the F-35 Lightning II, a program of critical importance to US national security. Those in attendance received a briefing on the status of the program and had the opportunity to sit in the pilot's seat to see how advanced stealth, fighter agility and integrated information will enable pilots to survive and operate effectively in various projected threat environments. "Pilots" got a chance to experience the cockpit, which is visually and audibly interactive and provides a realistic look at the F-35's performance, air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, sophisticated sensor fusion, and advanced computational capabilities.
"The F-35 program will provide the men and women of our armed forces with the tools they need to maintain America's air dominance, and employees at Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick facility play an important role in that effort," said Danny Conroy, director, US Air Force (USAF) F-35 Program, Lockheed Martin Washington Operations. "The F-35 Lightning II is the world's most advanced multirole fighter jet and it is important that the people who are so vital to the success of this program have an opportunity to experience firsthand what a fifth generation fighter can do."
"Pratt & Whitney is honored to have the F-35 cockpit demonstrator here at our North Berwick facility to demonstrate the capability of this remarkable aircraft," said Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. "Our employees across the US proudly build the F135 propulsion system which powers the F-35 and we are committed to the long term success of the F-35 program."
"The F-35 program is of critical importance to US national security, and Maine is very proud of the role it plays in the production this fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter," said Governor Paul LePage (R-ME). "Here in North Berwick, Pratt & Whitney operates a 877,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Maine, the largest under one roof in the state. The jobs supported by this operation are essential to many families across the state."
"I am honored to represent Maine and to have the opportunity to see each and every day the contributions that the people in Maine make in building the F-35 and supporting our national defense," said Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). "The work that each and every person does in support of this program is so very important for the defense our nation and for our allies across the globe. Events like this remind me of why I am proud to call Maine my home."
"Pratt & Whitney has been a strong member of the community and employer to many that live in my district," said Speaker Mark Eves (D-North Berwick). "Their partnership with Lockheed Martin on the F-35 program benefits our military, but also benefits those here at home in terms of economic development and jobs. I look forward to the continued ramp up of the program over the years to come."
The F-35 program has suppliers in 46 states and directly and indirectly employs more than 125,000 people, building and sustaining a highly skilled workforce critical to national security and economic prosperity. Additionally, thousands more are employed in the F-35's partner countries, which include the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway.
About Lockheed Martin:
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
About Pratt & Whitney:
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units and small turbojet propulsion products. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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