What’s it like to fly the world’s most advanced military aircraft? Honeywell put members of the media, invited guests and employees behind the controls of the most technologically sophisticated fighter aircraft ever built during a special event May 28 at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix. The opportunity came courtesy of prime contractor Lockheed Martin, which brought its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II interactive cockpit demonstrator to town. Honeywell serves as one of 27 Tier One suppliers for the program, producing mechanical parts and subsystems for the 5th generation fighter from 13 Aerospace sites worldwide.
The event was held at Honeywell’s Engines facility, which produces the integrated power package for the F-35 power thermal management system. The integrated power package saves weight and space by combining a conventional auxiliary power unit, emergency power unit and environment control system into a single mechanical power system. The F-35 is the first fighter aircraft with the revolutionary advancement.
“With the forecasted aircraft build rates expected to triple in three years, the F-35 program is one of the main growth engines for the Honeywell Aerospace Defense & Space business,” said Carey Smith, President of Honeywell’s Defense & Space. “We are proud to be on this Lockheed Martin team, and we look forward to supporting the growth of this next-generation aircraft that will protect our nation and allies for decades to come.”
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego from Arizona’s 7th Congressional District called the F-35 “critical to our U.S. defense strategy,” noting it provides “the most advanced technology in the world.”