U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Graduates Class 154

December 11, 2018 – The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School held a graduation ceremony for Class 154 Dec. 7. 34 students successfully completed the intense 11-month course of instruction and were designated as Engineering Developmental Test Pilots, Test Flight Officers and Test Engineers. Graduates included members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, students from Australia, Israel,…

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Pax River F-35 ITF Leaves HMS Queen Elizabeth After “Eclipsing aspirations”

November 30, 2018 – F-35 Lightning jets from the Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) left HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Nov. 19, 2018, after eight weeks flying on and off the 65,000-tonne warship, helping to write the ‘operator’s manual’ so the jets can fly from her deck on front-line operations. The success of the Westlant 18 deployment – which has…

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Phase I complete for Navy’s range support aircraft replacement

September 6, 2018 – The Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) Commercial Modifications and Range Support (CMARS) Team accepted delivery of their newest commercial-derivative aircraft platform, July 30. The Gulfstream G550, with structural modifications, was further modified to house specialized telemetry equipment, unique to the Navy’s application. The G550 is slated to serve as the replacement for one of the aging…

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Pax River ITF to conduct first-time trials onboard partner nation’s carrier

August 29, 2018 – After years of partnership within the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, U.S. and United Kingdom team members from the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) eagerly anticipate the First of Class Flight Trials (FOCFTs) onboard the U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, this fall. When the first two fifth-generation F-35Bs – piloted by the…

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Naval Test Pilot School’s Flying Classroom Takes First Flight

August 22, 2018 – The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) conducted its first flight of Airborne Systems Training and Research Support (ASTARS) III, Tuesday, August 21. The first flight objective validated the aircraft’s Naval subsystems ahead of its addition to the USNTPS’ class 155 syllabus which began last month. Class 155 will be the first class leveraging ASTARS III…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth’s crew finally meet the F-35B

Members of the flying control and flight deck control teams aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), flagship of the Royal Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers, visited Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland this week for their first live peek at the F-35B Lightning II, ahead of the jet’s first trials aboard the ship this fall. On Tuesday, about 20 members…

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Golden Sands General Contractors Completes Vertical Electromagnetic Pulse Simulator at NAS Patuxent River

Golden Sands General Contractors has successfully completed construction on the Vertical Electromagnetic Pulse Simulator (VEMPS) at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland, having batched, poured and placed over 1600 cubic yards of specialized conductive concrete. The 16-month long project included expansion of an existing site, construction of an antenna array featuring 150 foot non-conductive towers, paving an 81,000…

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Italian F-35B lands at Pax River

The first F-35B assembled outside of the U.S. landed at NAS Patuxent River on Jan. 31 after completing a transatlantic flight from Cameri Air Base in northern Italy. The flight follows the Italian Ministry of Defense’s acceptance of the aircraft on Jan. 25 at the Cameri F-35 final assembly line. There are two foreign F-35 final assembly lines, the other…

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100th Moriah Wind System delivered

Members of the Moriah Wind System (MWS) Integrated Product Team, from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA 251), and leadership from contractor, Quality Performance, Inc. (QPI) celebrate the 100th system delivery to the fleet at a ceremony on Jan. 17 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The Moriah team began working with QPI in 2002, and…

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Pax River tests new joint-air-to-ground missile on AH-1Z helicopter

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed as…

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MQ-25 program validates future mission control system through simulated test

April 13, 2017 – The Navy’s MQ-25 program completed its first demonstration representing how the mission control system located aboard the aircraft carrier will control and transmit information to an unmanned air vehicle in the future. The April 11 demonstration validated the first build of the MD-5 Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS), a combined hardware and software product,…

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DCS Wins $53 Million Prime Contract to Support the U.S. Navy

March 14, 2017 – DCS Corporation (DCS), a premier professional services firm that provides engineering, programmatic and technical support services to the Department of Defense and other customers focused on national security, was awarded a one year $10.5 million prime contact to support the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The contract includes four option years with a total potential value…

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KBRwyle Instructor Awarded U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Instructor of the Year

February 15, 2017 – KBR, Inc. announced today that U.S. Naval Test Wing Atlantic has named Greg “Squid” Williams U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS ) Instructor of the Year. Williams was recognized at an award luncheon at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland January 31st. Williams, a KBRwyle test pilot instructor, won this annual award for his role in training the…

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Blackjack soars over Southern Maryland

January 18, 2017 – The RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flew for the first time from Patuxent River Naval Air Station Webster Outlying Field, Maryland, in December. Before flying at Webster Field, the system conducted testing at the manufacturer Insitu’s facility, in Boardman, Oregon, as well as at Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadrons (VMUs) on the East and West Coasts.…

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