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Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman Delivers 100th Center Fuselage For F-35 Lightning II

PALMDALE, Calif., March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) marked the delivery of its 100 th F-35 Lightning II center fuselage to Lockheed Martin during a ceremony at its manufacturing center on March 8.
100th Fuselage Ceremony
On March 8, Northrop Grumman commemorated the delivery of its 100th F-35 Lightning II standard configuration center fuselage to Lockheed Martin during a ceremony at its Palmdale manufacturing center. More than 300 guests attended the ceremony, including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin leaders, F-35 suppliers, public officials and members of the business community.
Michelle Scarpella
Michelle Scarpella, vice president of the F-35 program for Northrop Grumman, spoke during the March 8 ceremony. "The F-35 team should be very proud of all its hard work in reaching this milestone," said Scarpella. "All employees, suppliers and teammates focused on executing their work, always with an eye on quality and affordability. It's the reason we're able to stand here today and say that we've delivered on schedule and on budget, and that we're operating as planned."
Tommy Tomlinson
Tommy Tomlinson, sector vice president of global manufacturing and Palmdale site manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems, also spoke at the F-35 100th center fuselage event March 8, commenting on the integrated assembly line and increased line flow.

Photos accompanying this release are available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=17713  and a video is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVx4e5QuVqI

"The F-35 team should be very proud of all its hard work in reaching this milestone," said Michelle Scarpella, vice president of the F-35 program for Northrop Grumman. "All employees, suppliers and teammates focused on executing their work, always with an eye on quality and affordability. It's the reason we're able to stand here today and say that we've delivered on schedule and on budget, and that we're operating as planned."

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