November 24, 2008
Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Achieves Supersonic Flight With Eaton Onboard
Irvine, California, November 24, 2008 – Lockheed Martin announced that its F-35 prototype AA-1 registered its first Mach 1.05 test point November 13, passing the milestone flight test event carrying a full load of 5,400 lbs of inert weapons.
The AA-1 platform completed a total of four runs up to Mach 1.05, achieving approximately eight minutes of supersonic flight.
Eaton is a key component and sub-system supplier on the multi-mission fighter platform supplying the high pressure (4000-psi) hydraulic power generation, utility actuation and control valve sub-system and wing fluid distribution system including the platform variants hydraulic engine driven pumps, electric motor pumps, reservoirs, heat exchangers and accumulators, filter modules, check and control valves, hydraulic hoses, fittings and tubing; motion control electromechanical lift fan door, vent reservoir, spoiler and landing gear main and nose door actuators; fuel system actuation pumps, fuel conveyance components and refuel probes and receptacles. Eaton is also supplying the lubrication system on the Rolls-Royce LiftFan unit operating on the F-35 STOVL variant.
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military ground systems, marine and off-road markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.