Design News 'Engineer of the Year' Award Goes to Lift Fan Inventor at Lockheed Martin

    CHICAGO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Paul Bevilaqua, chief engineer
 of Advanced Development Projects at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., has
 received Design News magazine's Engineer of the Year award, the publication's
 highest honor.
     Design News presented the award this week in Chicago during the National
 Design Engineering Show.
     Bevilaqua played a leading role in creating the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
 concept by inventing the shaft-driven lift fan and showing how it could be
 used to design a family of short-takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) and
 conventional variants of the same aircraft.  The counter-rotating fan, mounted
 horizontally behind the airplane's cockpit, works automatically with a
 vectoring rear engine nozzle to produce unprecedented lifting force during
 short takeoffs, vertical landings and hovers.  Rolls-Royce, under contract to
 Pratt & Whitney, is developing the lift fan for all future STOVL F-35s.
     "The lift fan is a revolutionary leap in propulsion technology that will
 enable aircraft to do what they've never done before -- take off and land
 vertically, and operate routinely at supersonic speeds," said Tom Burbage,
 Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 JSF
 program.  "It's a transformational technology, and Paul Bevilaqua's
 contributions to the success of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter
 program cannot be overstated.  He very much deserves this recognition."
     In August 2001, the lift fan-equipped Lockheed Martin JSF X-35B completed
 history's first short takeoff, level supersonic dash and vertical landing in a
 single flight.  The feat was repeated a week later.  On Oct. 26, 2001, the
 Lockheed Martin-led JSF team won the competition to develop the F-35 Joint
 Strike Fighter.
     The F-35 JSF is a stealthy, supersonic multirole fighter designed to
 replace a wide range of aging fighter and strike aircraft.  Three variants --
 conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL), carrier vehicle (CV) and STOVL --
 each derived from a common design will ensure that the F-35 meets the
 performance needs of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and allied defense
 forces worldwide, while staying within strict affordability targets.
     Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 in conjunction with its principal
 industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE SYSTEMS.  Companies worldwide
 are participating in the F-35's development.  Among the aircraft F-35 will
 replace are the AV-8B Harrier, A-10, F-16, F/A-18 Hornet and United Kingdom's
 Harrier GR.7 and Sea Harrier.
     Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., a business area of Lockheed Martin
 (NYSE:   LMT), is a leader in the design, research and development, systems
 integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related
 technologies.  Its customers include the military services of the United
 States and allied countries throughout the world.  Products include the F-16,
 F/A-22, F-35 JSF, F-117, C-5, C-130, C-130J, P-3, S-3 and U-2.  The company
 produces major components for the F-2 fighter, and is a co-developer of the C-
 27J tactical transport and T-50 advanced jet trainer.
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
 development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems,
 products and services.  The corporation reported 2003 sales of $31.8 billion.
 
                For additional information, visit our Web sites:
 
                          http://www.lmaeronautics.com
 Paul Bevilaqua's photo will be available after 6 p.m. central on this Web site
 
                         http://www.lockheedmartin.com
 
 

SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
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