The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(AIAA)has recognized Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II program
for its "cutting-edge design and technology."
The AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees presented the AIAA
Foundation Award for Excellence to the F-35 program during the 2010
AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 12 in Washington, D.C.
AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the
global aerospace profession. "This award reflects the dedication
and innovation of those who have made the F-35 Lightning II fighter
a reality and signifies a bright future as the program ramps up
flight test and commences operational training in the months
ahead," said U.S. Air Force Major General C.D. Moore, the acting
program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II Program
According to the award citation, the Foundation Award for
Excellence recognizes the "cutting-edge design and technology of -
and global collaboration involved in - the Joint Strike Fighter,
enabling a unique battlespace capability for the future." The AIAA
Foundation Board of Trustees annually recognizes unique
contributions and extraordinary accomplishments by organizations or
individuals in aeronautics and astronautics. "This award
acknowledges the commitment of the F-35 team, and the revolutionary
technology that make the F-35 the fighter of the future," said Tom
Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general
manager of F-35 Program Integration.