October 20 - Lockheed Martin has announced that its second LM-100J freighter aircraft has successfully completed its first test flight.
The aerospace company will market the LM-100J as a commercial multipurpose air freighter for bulk and oversized cargo. It will be able to support multiple missions, ranging from fire fighting and medical evacuation through to VIP transport.
"The flight was outstanding and the aircraft's performance was flawless," said Wayne Roberts, LM-100J chief test pilot. "After this completely successful first airworthiness flight, this aircraft will join the first LM-100J in conducting the FAA type design update test programme already underway. This will accelerate our progress to deliver this unique aircraft's capabilities to civilian operators around the world."
The LM-100J is a civilian version of the C-130J Super Hercules and it is an updated version of the L-100 cargo aircraft, which Lockheed Martin produced from 1964-1992.
Lockheed Martin officials submitted a Programme Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on January 21, 2014, for a type design update to this aircraft, a civil-certified variant of the C-130J Super Hercules to be marketed as the LM-100J.