Nov. 21, 2022

The TOPGUN Legacy: Making Mavericks

The sun rises over Nevada. A rumble rolls across the desert, but it’s not the sound of a rare rainstorm. It’s two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets engaged in a close-range combat training exercise. One is the haze-grey color of fleet squadrons. The other sports desert camo with a red star on its tail, one of the paint schemes used by the Navy Reserve’s adversary aircraft squadrons to mimic those used by America’s adversaries.

Oct. 4, 2022

Collaboration Enhances Successful CH-53K Flight Control System

A full authority digital fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS) is one of many impressive capabilities setting the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter apart from any other heavy lift aircraft. “Full authority” means the FCS provides all of the aircraft motion—not just supplementing the pilot for stability.

Oct. 4, 2022

Making History on USS Gerald R. Ford as Deployment Nears

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first-in-class of the Navy’s newest generation of Ford-class aircraft carriers. It’s been nearly 40 years since the Navy has commissioned a new generation of aircraft carriers. With change comes history that has to be made. Ford has done just that.

Oct. 4, 2022

Navy Engineers Make Helicopter Pilots’ Most Dangerous Job Safer

Landing a helicopter in low visibility environments is one of the most difficult tasks in aviation for a rotary-wing pilot; add weather like fog, wind or worse and aircraft recovery can be dangerous.

Oct. 4, 2022

FRCSW Goes to the Movies Supporting ‘TOP GUN: Maverick’

It takes a lot to make a movie. In the case of Tom Cruise’s latest film, “TOP GUN: Maverick,” it took the artisans, engineers and staff of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) to not only provide an authentic presentation of the aircraft used in the film, but also support for the filming itself.

Oct. 4, 2022

Collaborate to Innovate: Grassroots Effort Fosters Integrated Test Ops

A grassroots movement—started at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland—is fostering integrated test operations across the Navy’s test enterprise.

Oct. 4, 2022

Unmanned Carrier Aviation Demonstration Gives Glimpse of the Air Wing of the Future

The Air Wing of the Future is here. The Unmanned Carrier Aviation Demonstration (UCAD) conducted by the MQ-25 Stingray Integrated Test Team recently evaluated the deck of the aircraft.

Oct. 3, 2022

Increased Aerial Refueling Compatibility Facilitates True Joint Environment

Aerial refueling capabilities can increase the range, lethality and survivability of modern aircraft. Maximum compatibility between tanker and receiver aircraft enable warfighters to get to the fight and return home safely.

Oct. 3, 2022

Integrating the Live and Virtual Environments for Development and Training

“Train like you fight:” This mantra is becoming a reality as advanced technology ushers in training environments that merge live, virtual and constructive (LVC) capabilities to expand the scale and complexity of training conditions. LVC training environments connect live, in-person elements with manned virtual simulators and constructive computer-generated forces. 

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCSW First Depot to Tackle Super Hornet Service Life Modification

When the artisans, engineers and support staff of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) inducted their final F/A-18 legacy (A-D model) Hornet fighter to undergo the Center Barrel Replacement (CBR) procedure last March, they probably thought they could take a break.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE Moves Into Future With New Helicopter Blade Balancing System

Rotor blades for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter that arrive for rework at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) will be balanced on a new system that will save about $18 million by eliminating the need for building a new testing facility.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCSE Steps Up to Support Rolls-Royce in Meeting Fleet Requirements

More than 40 artisans with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) were deployed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas, during a year-long effort to assist Rolls-Royce in meeting the fleet demand of 145 ready-for-issue (RFI) F405 engines powering the T-45 Goshawk.

Oct. 3, 2022

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Launches Ground Check Huts

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) recently received five new environmental protection shelters or ground check huts. The shelters aren’t just new to FRCSE, but they are the first of their kind aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCSW Sets Sights on Growler Mishap Repair

Less than 35 days after inducting a CMV-22 Osprey aircraft to repair a crack to an inner skin panel, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest’s (FRCSW) unique refurbishing capabilities and resources were tapped by the Navy once again—this time to repair an EA-18G Growler involved in a flight deck mishap.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a Naval Aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off, rather than the standard wing-on method; this required a novel approach to the process.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE’s F-35 Rapid Response Team Makes Global Impact on Flight Line Readiness

As the number of operational F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps continues to rise, the number of missions flown increases—and with them, the requirements for maintenance and repair. The requirement for in-service repair and the need to mend battle damage don’t always come at a convenient time, or in a convenient location, and that’s where the F-35 Rapid Response Team (RRT) comes in. This team of highly skilled, cross-trained aircraft maintenance professionals stands ready to answer the call for support anywhere in the world at any time.

Oct. 3, 2022

Aircrew Receive New Training Devices to Improve Capability, Readiness

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office recently delivered the first fully capable Naval Aircrewman Training Systems (NATS) and Marine Common Aircrew Trainers (MCAT) to the fleet.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE Declares Capabilities on Next Round of F-35 Components

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) has expanded its support of next-generation Naval Aviation by declaring capabilities on a new round of F-35 components. These capabilities build upon the 17 F-35 components the depot previously declared capabilities on in 2020.

Oct. 3, 2022

Navy Demonstrates New, Improved Breathing Device for Air Crew Training

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office recently completed installation and demonstrated the new Mask on Breathing Device (MOBD) trainer July 7 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Oct. 3, 2022

F-5 Modernization Program Completes Engineering Phase, Moves to Production and Deployment

The Navy’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft program office F-5N+/F+ Avionics Reconfiguration and Tactical Enhancement/Modernization for Inventory Standardization (ARTEMIS) program successfully reached Milestone C decision June 28, effectively moving into production and deployment.

Oct. 3, 2022

Navy Delivers Final Normobaric Hypoxia Training Device

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office’s Naval Aviation Survival Training Program (NASTP) installed the eighth and final hypoxia trainer at the Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) located at Whidbey Island, Washington, in April.

Oct. 3, 2022

BAMS-D Unmanned Aircraft Returns After Long Deployment

The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) returned June 17 from Fifth Fleet to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, marking the end of a 13-year deployment that was originally intended to be just six months.

Oct. 3, 2022

Navy Holds UAS Wide-Area Mission Demonstration

The Navy recently completed an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) wide-area mission demonstration to assess capabilities that could benefit the fleet in the future.

Oct. 3, 2022

New Mine Countermeasure Prototype Successfully Tested on MQ-8C Fire Scout

The Navy recently demonstrated a mine countermeasure (MCM) prototype technology aboard the MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Air System (UAS) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, proving a capability that could allow the warfighter to rapidly detect and respond to threats.

Oct. 3, 2022

First Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Facility Opens

The Navy opened a new facility July 27 at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that’s dedicated to training Sailors who will operate the service’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (FoSUAS).

Oct. 3, 2022

4th MAW Marine Becomes Marine Corps’ First C-40A Clipper Crew Chief

Staff Sgt. Lauren Song joined the Marine Corps do something more with her life and has surpassed that goal by now serving as the first crew chief for the C-40A Clipper.

Oct. 3, 2022

Marine Wing Support Squadrons Realign Under MACG-28 in Support of Force Design

Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 28 assumed command June 1 of all three Marine Wing Support Squadrons assigned to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) to modernize and enhance capabilities in support of the commandant of the Marine Corps’ Force Design 2030.

Oct. 3, 2022

Marine Attack Squadron 214 Transitions to the F-35B

Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), conducted a re-designation ceremony March 25 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona.

Oct. 3, 2022

From Flight Line to Museum Display

The Tactical Airlift Program Office coordinated the donation and delivery of a full-sized C-130 training cockpit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

Oct. 3, 2022

Marine Corps Declares IOC for CH-53K King Stallion

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Mark Wise announced the Marine Corps has achieved initial operational capability in the CH-53K King Stallion on April 22. This plan supports Gen. David H. Berger’s Force Design 2030 by improving capabilities and restructuring Marine Corps aviation for the future fight.

Oct. 3, 2022

First E-6B Inducted Under New Maintenance Contract

The first E-6B Mercury arrived in May at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for Block II modification.

Oct. 3, 2022

Engine Air Starter Reaches Wholesale Material Availability for First Time in Four Years

Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support’s (NAVSUP WSS) H-53 Integrated Weapon Support Team (IWST) achieved a significant milestone by placing 39 “A” condition engine air starters in wholesale for the first time since 2018. As a result, the H-53 community is currently seeing record readiness rates, averaging 68 mission-capable aircraft.

Oct. 3, 2022

First Flight Test of Mission Computer Alternative on T-45 Successful

The Navy’s Air Combat Electronics program office recently completed the first test flight of the T-45 Goshawk trainer aircraft’s Mission Computer Alternative (MCA), which is intended to improve readiness for the legacy system.

Oct. 3, 2022

Breakdown in the Break

A student Naval Aviator launched in a T-45 Goshawk for his initial carrier qualification flight. He was number two in a flight of three. The weather at the carrier required a Case II recovery, so when the flight was cleared into the pattern the leader detached number three and descended with the student in number two on his wing.

Oct. 3, 2022

At the Dawn of Airpower, the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps’ Approach to the Airplane, 1907-1917

Books about the first decade of aircraft development and use by the U.S. military are few and far between, and several have come from the Naval Institute Press, the publication arm of the venerable U.S. Naval Institute, based in Annapolis, Maryland, which the United States Naval Academy also calls home. This latest book on the subject of early military aviation is a lengthy discussion of how the three main American services first discovered aviation then took their time in indoctrinating their first aviation crews and their aircraft into halting use and understanding. It wasn’t easy. Few major technological advances are. It might be said that even today, a century later, we are still learning how to best design and build and finally use the descendants of these flimsy doped canvas-and-wood flying machines. The author has served as an experienced curator of several aviation museums and departments, including the imposing National Museum of the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia, certainly not to be missed by tourists of the Washington, D.C., area and especially Marine Corps veterans of any years’ duration. To an extent, his writing emulates that of an academician, typical of a Ph.D.’s (which he is) doctoral thesis, and it starts out with a lengthy heavy-worded introductory first chapter describing how each service began its particular air department.

Oct. 3, 2022

When the Shooting Stopped, August 1945

So many books and articles and occasional papers have been written about World War II’s different theaters, it might be good to stop and consider if anything at all has been written about when the fighting stopped, when the war was finished and people were allowed to return home from whence they came to fight, or what were they doing when word of the ceasefire finally reached them. Leave it to one of military aviation’s premier authors and historians to step up to take a crack at this unusual bit of reporting.

May 19, 2022

Marines Complete First H-1 Mixed Fleet Link 16 Flight

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 successfully demonstrated the first two-way connection between an AH-1Z Viper, a UH-1Y Venom and a portable ground station using the new Link 16 software at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in November 2021.

May 17, 2022

ONR Global, Royal Air Force Partner in First Synthetic-Fueled Drone Flight

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global and Royal Air Force (RAF) Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) conducted the first-ever drone flight using synthetic kerosene in February.

May 17, 2022

Navy to Demo New MQ-8 Fire Scout Mine Countermeasure System

The Navy is working to develop a new mine countermeasure (MCM) sensor suite for the MQ-8C Fire Scout that will enable the unmanned helicopter to detect and localize mines and obstacles on land and at sea.

May 17, 2022

Marine Corps Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Achieves Initial Operational Capability

The U.S. Marine Corps declared March 1 Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) on the AH-1Z Viper.

May 17, 2022

Saberhawks Earn Phoenix Award for Superior Maintenance

The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 were awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, March 3. Top commands from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force compete annually for the award that celebrates maintenance performance excellence.

May 17, 2022

New Marine Corps Expeditionary Matting Passes the Test

Expeditionary Airfield (EAF) Landing Systems teams from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery (ALRE) Program Office are testing solutions that will make Marine expeditionary landings easier and faster.

May 17, 2022

Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office Names Italy as 28th International Partner

The Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office acquired Italy as its 28th Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X International Partner Dec. 17.

May 11, 2022

FRCSW Inducts First CMV-22 to Suffer Mishap

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) artisans and the Fleet Support Team (FST) recently joined industry partners and the V-22 Joint Program Office to prevent the loss of an CMV-22 Osprey aircraft which had suffered damage during a mishap.

May 11, 2022

FRCE Achieves Safety Milestone in 2021

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) closed out calendar year 2021 with the lowest number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable mishaps in the depot’s history.

May 11, 2022

Creative Engineering Solution at FRCE Overcomes Shortage of V-22 APU Filters

A supply shortage of clutch servo-valve filters for V-22 Osprey auxiliary power units (APU) threatened to keep a number of aircraft on the ground, until the APU group of the V-22 Fleet Support Team at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) found a way to clean the disposable filters and reinstall them on the aircraft.

May 11, 2022

FRC WESTPAC Inducts First Marine V-22 for Maintenance with New Contractor

Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial partner, NIPPI Corporation, for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services at their facility in Yamato, Japan.

May 10, 2022

NAWCWD Researchers Break Ground in Magnetic Molecules

Dr. Randall McClain and Dr. Ben Harvey, research chemists working for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), published groundbreaking research in the field of single molecule magnets.

May 10, 2022

HMH-461 Conducts Redesignation Ceremony

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 held a redesignation ceremony Jan. 24 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

May 10, 2022

CH-53K Test Team Wins DON T&E Award

The CH-53K King Stallion test team, part of the Heavy Lift Program Office, is the recipient of the Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team (WIPT) award for 2021.

May 10, 2022

LITERARY REVIEW: Yokosuka D4Y “Judy” Units

LITERARY REVIEW: 'Yokosuka D4Y “Judy” Units' By Mark Chambers with Tony Holmes. Osprey Publishing, UK. 2021. 96 pages. III.

May 10, 2022

LITERARY REVIEW: Chinese Air Power

LITERARY REVIEW: Chinese Air Power By Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov, Crécy Publications, Manchester, England. 2021. 400 pages. Ill.

May 9, 2022

Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout Deploys with Radar Upgrade Aboard USS Milwaukee

The Navy’s upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout deployed Dec. 14 aboard USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) to support operations in U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.

May 9, 2022

NAVAIR’s Newest Commander Sets Sights on Integration

Vice Adm. Carl P. Chebi, who came aboard in September 2021 as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), shares his priorities with Naval Aviation News.

May 9, 2022

F-35C Brings Advanced Strike Capabilities to Jungle Warfare Exercise

As 3rd Marine Division recently commenced Jungle Warfare Exercise 22 (JWX 22), a large-scale, joint force exercise, Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 integrated the capabilities of the F-35C Lightning II. VMFA-314 supported ground operations from their position deployed onboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), displaying their ability to deliver long-range strike capabilities and close air support from an aircraft carrier.

May 8, 2022

USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Returns from Deployment

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to San Diego, California, Feb. 14, marking the end of an eight-month deployment to U.S. Third and Seventh Fleet’s areas of operation.

May 8, 2022

Navy’s F-35C Brings Unparalleled Capabilities to USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 completed Feb. 14 its first-ever operational deployment with the F-35C Lightning II aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

May 8, 2022

USS Carl Vinson Celebrates 40th Commissioning Anniversary

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) celebrated its 40th commissioning anniversary March 13, a milestone in the ship’s long history of service.

May 8, 2022

Navy’s V-22 Achieves Initial Operational Capability Designation

The Navy announced Feb. 18 initial operational capability (IOC) for the CMV-22B Osprey, confirming the platform’s operational readiness following the successful completion of its maiden deployment.

May 8, 2022

A ‘Day in the Life’ of Marine Corps Heavy Lift Maintainers

Personnel with the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office recently visited Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 464 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, to gain “day in the life” perspective of the squadron’s aircraft workload and facilitate communications between Marine personnel and the program office.

May 7, 2022

Disaster Relief Mission to Haiti Highlights Navy/Marine Corps Interoperability, V-22 Capabilities

When called on recently to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, Naval Aviation Training Support Group (NATSG) personnel did not hesitate to displace from their duty station to join a Marine squadron not only to render aid, but also to augment necessary squadron maintenance, operations and supply departments.

May 6, 2022

How Naval Aviation is Solving Its Billion-dollar Corrosion Problem

Before joining the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), physical chemist Dr. El Sayed Arafat had never really thought much about corrosion. But over the next two decades, it became his specialty.

May 5, 2022

3rd MAW Demonstrates Lightning Carrier Concept

The Navy and Marine Corps demonstrated a key capability when they operated 20 F-35B Lightning II jets from America-class amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA 7) March 30 through April 8, fully exercising the Marine Corps’ “lightning carrier” concept for the first time in naval history on an amphibious assault ship.

May 4, 2022

All-Women Crew Retire C-2A Greyhound in Celebration of Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, an all-women crew of pilots and support personnel assigned to the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 flew a C-2A Greyhound from Naval Air Station North Island, California, to Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, for the aircraft’s retirement, March 23.

April 1, 2002

Hot Rod Was Here, Too

Gramps from Yesteryear: March-April 2002