4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division received its first UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters at Butts Army Airfield in Fort Carson, Colo., Jan. 20, 2013.

US Army Addresses Helicopter Lightweighting

Sustainment and modernization of legacy aviation fleets are continual efforts for the U.S. Army aviation community. Performance enhancements such as lightweighting structures and components present significant...
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Chemist Stephanie Kwolek dies at 90

Stephanie L. Kwolek, a chemist known for developing Kevlar fiber used in bullet-proof gear died at age 90 on June 18 at a hospice in Wilmington, Del. The cause of death is currently unknown. Kwolek earned a...

Scorpion Soars with Composites

When Textron AirLand LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises LLC, was established to rapidly design and manufacture an affordable, versatile, tactical military jet, common wisdom was...
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In the Air and On the Sea

The military’s long tradition of composites usage continues in next-generation aircraft and boats. Advanced composites manufacturers have historically had to overcome the key challenges of long...

Unmanned Vehicles in the Armed Forces

With so much attention on reducing the deficit and trimming the federal budget, it’s hard to predict the future of composites in military programs, says John Busel, director of the Composite Growth...