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Northrop Grumman Kicks off Tailhook ’11 Reunion

Northrop Grumman Corporation kicked off its sponsorship of the Tailhook ’11 Reunion this month, part of nationwide year-long celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation.

Northop’s support for the event last weekend included sponsorship of the Chief of Naval Operations Annual Aviation Achievement Awards, the Tailhook Education Foundation, Inc., and introduction of the Northrop Grumman 2012 FLY NAVY calendar. Three special aviation achievement awards-the Rear Admiral Wade McClusky Award, presented to VFA-143 for meritorious achievement in air-ground delivery; the Admiral Arthur Radford Award, presented to VAQ-139 for meritorious operational achievement by a carrier-based tactical electronic warfare squadron; and the Rear Admiral Frank Akers Award, presented to VAW-126 for meritorious achievement by a VAW squadron.

Vice Adm. Al Myers; commander, Naval Air Forces, Rear Adm. Ted Branch; commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet, and Bill Schaefer; sector vice president, business development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, presided over the awards.

As part of Northrop Grumman’s Centennial of Naval Aviation theme this year of “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Advancing the Future” the company announced it has also issued a new 2012 FLY NAVY: Celebrating the Glory of Naval Aviation calendar. It features photographs from famed aviation photographer Erik Hildebrandt, author of the 372-page coffee table photo book, FLY NAVY, sponsored by the company earlier this year.

The calendar features the first flight of Northrop Grumman’s X47B Unmanned Combat Aircraft System and the first carrier landing of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman, as well as images of the MQ-4 Broad Area Maritime System Demonstrator , MQ-8B Fire Scout, C-2 Greyhound, F-5 Tiger, EA-6B Prowler, F-5 Tiger, the retired F-14 Tomcat, as well as the Navy’s F/A-18F, EA-18G Growler and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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