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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Global Hawk Lands an Industry First for a Goodrich Production Electric Braking System

via PRNewswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Last month Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Block Global Hawk unmanned aircraft left Northrop's Palmdale,Calif. facility and successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base, also in Calif. The historical landing marked the first time Goodrich Corporation's(NYSE: GR) electrically-actuated braking system has flown on a production basis.

Northrop Grumman's Principal Engineer Eric Lutz stated, "The landing was extremely smooth as the aircraft decelerated with remarkable accuracy down the centerline. After initial on-wing tuning, the electric braking system has performed flawlessly throughout all our taxi tests and this historical first flight."

Integration of the braking system was performed by Goodrich's Troy, Ohio-based Aircraft Wheels and Brakes team. The brake includes electromechanical actuators and system control from Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems team facilities in Vergennes, Vt. and Cedar Knolls, N.J.

According to Larry Isenbarger , Program Manager for Goodrich's AircraftWheels and Brakes team, "Global Hawk's first landing with a productionelectric braking system heralds the dawn of new braking technology for both manned and unmanned aircraft. This milestone reinforces Goodrich's positionas a technology leader and innovator. In conjunction with Northrop Grumman, we bring yet another technological advance to an aircraft that has already demonstrated its significant value to the U.S. military. Furthermore, this technology has had a very successful launch in the commercial arena as it hasbeen chosen by many operators for the innovative Boeing 787 Dreamliner."

Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes division has been a world leader inthe design, development and manufacture of commercial, military, regional andbusiness aircraft wheels and brakes for 60 years. The division also provides aftermarket service and critical spares to the world's major airlines. It hascreated innovative braking systems for over 200 types of aircraft and has many more technological improvements in development.

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