The Air Force's E-8C JSTARS test bed aircraft flew for the first time with the production-standard Pratt & Whitney turbofans that Northrop Grumman has proposed retrofitting across the entire JSTARS ground-surveillance fleet, announced the company, Dec. 14, 2011. The flight took place at the company's facility in Melbourne, Fla. Northrop argues that the commercially derived engine would significantly lower operating costs, enhance maintainability, and improve aircraft performance. Here, the test bed aircraft shown in Melbourne sporting the new production engines.
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