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F-35B Makes Its First Leap Off The Ski Jump

last weekVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Lockheed’s F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter took its first leap off the ski-jump test ramp at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, and it could lead to the birth of a new eXXXtreme sport. Read more...

Navy Unmanned Aircraft Sets the Bar

The Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft has completed its final test aboard 'USS Theodore Roosevelt' (CVN 71) and has returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea?,

USCG Aids Grounded Boat Taking on Water

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it assisted two boaters Monday by transferring them off a grounded boat approximately 200 yards from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

The Navy Has The Ultimate MH370 Search Tool, It's Just Not Operational

last yearVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

While the world is tied up in the mystery of what happened to Malaysian Air Flight 370, testers at Edwards AFB in south central California and at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland are hard at work developing the ultimate tool for solving such a mystery, the Northrop Grumman built MQ-4C Triton. Read more...

X-47B makes historic first carrier landing

2 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator put another page in the history books on Wednesday with its first unmanned arrested-wire carrier landing. The drone flew 35 minutes from Patuxent River Naval Air Station to the carrier USS George H.W. Show More Summary

F-35B makes first vertical takeoff

2 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Lockheed Martin has revealed that an F-35B fighter jet made its first vertical takeoff on May 10 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This follows on the heels of its first vertical night landing on April 2 at the same location. Show More Summary

Lightning II Bug

The Marines’ F-35B Lightning II jump jet performed its first night-time short takeoff and vertical landing at Maryland’s Patuxent River Naval Air Station on Tuesday. This ability to take off from, and land on, cramped spaces — like the corps’ amphibious ships — is the Marine F-35B variant’s key reason for life. Show More Summary

F-35B drops second GBU-12 over Atlantic test ranges

A Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) joint strike fighter dropped a second weapon at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, on December 3, earlier in the week. Lt Cmdr Michael Burks released an inert 500lbs...Show More Summary

Navy's Logo For Death-Bringing Drone Development Is...Death

Wired's Spencer Ackerman visited the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland this morning to get an exclusive look at the U.S. Navy's new UFO-looking drone. But in the process, he snapped this photo of the Navy's Program Executive...Show More Summary

Northrop Grumman X-47B makes first Pax River flight

The Northrop Grumman X-47B made its first flight out of the US Navy's flight test center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, yesterday. Here is a Naval Air Systems Command video of the event. My colleagues Flight reporter Zach Rosenberg and Stephen Trimble--the original creator of this blog-- are at the base today for its media day. Show More Summary

Was That A UFO On The Beltway?

WASHINGTON -- Don't worry, the strange object seen just outside the nation's capital Wednesday night wasn't a UFO. It was a drone. A strangely-shap... Read more: X-47B Drones, Beltway UFO, Patuxent River Naval Air Station Drones, Drone...Show More Summary

Navy drone crashes off Maryland; no injuries

3 years agoNews : Field Notes

A U.S. Navy drone flying out of Patuxent River Naval Air Station crashed Monday after operators lost contact with the aircraft, NBC News reported. The BAMS-D (Broad Area Maritime Surveillance), an unmanned demonstrator aircraft that’s still in development, went down in a s …

This F-35 On Afterburner Is Your Aeroplane Porn Of The Day

As problematic as the F-35 Lightning II has been so far, this aeroplane can look mighty amazing. Look at this F-35B going all afterburny in a flight test at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. That transonic flow looks great. [Lockheed Martin]...

This F-35 On Afterburner Is Your Airporn Porn of the Day and My New Desktop Background [Airplanes]

3 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

As problematic as the F-35 Lightning II has been so far, this airplane can look mighty amazing. Look at this F-35B going all afterburny in a flight test at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. That transonic flow looks great. [Lockheed Martin] More »

Lockheed Martin releases F-35C formation flight pictures

Lockheed Martin has released these two images of the Navy's F-35C variant flying in formation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. I personally find the CV aircraft to be the best looking of the three versions--but hat's partly because it looks more the like an F-22 than the others. Enjoy.

Military spearheads clean-energy drive

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. — With the Navy’s Blue Angels and their F/A-18 Hornets arrayed in a neat line behind him, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that they would perform in the Labor Day Air Expo using a 50-50 mix of...Show More Summary

Biofuels Propel Blue Angels Over Labor Day Weekend

The Blue Angels wowed visitors Labor Day weekend with their pilots’ stunts at the Patuxent Naval Air Station in southern Maryland over the weekend-in part thanks to biofuels

Blue Angels to fly on biofuels

When the six F/A-18 Hornets in the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team thrill the crowds at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo in Maryland this weekend, they'll be soaring on biofuel. Each of the six Hornets will be powered by a 50/50-blend of jet fuel and camelina-based biofuel, according to a [...]

First Navy Trainer Completes Biofuel Flight

The Navy's alternative energy program expanded Aug. 24 when a T-45 training aircraft completed a successful biofuel flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md. The "Salty Dogs" of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 flew the high-performance jet trainer on a biofuel mixture of petroleum-based JP-5 jet fuel and plant-based camelina. The

F-35C Starts Carrier Suitability Testing

Flown by test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus, F-35C test aircraft CF-2 lands at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey June 25. CF-2 and the F-35 integrated test team from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. are at the NAVAIR facility in Lakehurst for the first jet blast deflector (JBD) testing, in preparation for

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