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NORTHROP/AIR FORCE B-2 INDUSTRIAL TEAM AWARDED COLLIER TROPHY

 NORTHROP/AIR FORCE B-2 INDUSTRIAL TEAM AWARDED COLLIER TROPHY
 LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Corp. (NYSE: NOC), its nationwide B-2 bomber industrial team and the U.S. Air Force today were awarded the 1991 Collier Trophy "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America demonstrated in actual use in 1991."
 The Collier Trophy, awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), is widely considered to be the most prestigious aviation award in the United States.
 The NAA cited Northrop, its industrial team and the Air Force for "the design, development, production and flight test of the B-2 aircraft, which has contributed significantly to America's enduring leadership in aerospace and to the country's future national security."
 The NAA said the B-2 bomber program was selected for the Collier Trophy after some 400 organizations, members of the press and aviation leaders were invited to submit nominations.
 "This recognition of the B-2 is a tribute to the landmark accomplishment of each of the more than 40,000 men and women who have worked on and are working today on this remarkable program, at Northrop, in the Air Force and at thousands of large and small companies across the country," said Kent Kresa, Northrop chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer.
 Citing the superb cooperation over the past decade among all members of the B-2 team, the Collier Trophy committee said, "The B-2 stands as a tribute to the dedication and ingenuity of the men and women in the Air Force and in industry who have dedicated themselves to bringing this new aircraft into the nation's inventory."
 Although every Northrop division has played some role in the design, development and production of the B-2 weapon system over the past decade, Northrop's principal B-2 operations are at its B-2 Division in Pico Rivera and Palmdale, Calif. Three B-2s are flying at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The Defense Department budget for fiscal year 1993 calls for purchase of four B-2s to bring the currently planned program to a total of 20 operational aircraft.
 EDITOR'S NOTE:
 The following is the text of the news release issued today by the National Aeronautic Association announcing the awarding of the Collier Trophy to Northrop Corp.:
February 27, 1992 Contact: Mal Gross
 (703) 527-0226
 Northrop Corporation and Joint Industry/Air Force Team
 Win Collier Trophy for B-2
 The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has named Northrop Corp., the B-2 Industry Team, and the United States Air Force as the winner of the 1991 Collier Trophy. The Collier Trophy is awarded annually by NAA "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America demonstrated by actual use in the previous year."
 The selection committee of more than 30 national aviation leaders selected the B-2 from among nominations submitted by the aviation community. The call for nominations went to more than 400 organizations, members of the press, and aviation leaders. The Collier Trophy is widely considered the most prestigious aviation award made in the United States. It was first awarded in 1911 by the National Aeronautic Association to Glenn Curtis for his achievements in developing a seaplane.
 The citation accompanying the trophy will read:
 The Collier Trophy is awarded to the Northrop Corporation,
 the Industry Team, and the United States Air Force for the
 design, development, production, and flight testing of the
 B-2 aircraft, which has contributed significantly to
 America's enduring leadership in aerospace and the country's
 future national security.
 The Air Force/Industry B-2 Team addressed and mastered the most comprehensive and complex engineering challenge of the decade involving the infusion of revolutionary low observable characteristics with a highly aerodynamically efficient airframe incorporating unique raw materials. The resulting aircraft possesses unequaled competitive advantage, and will furnish the Air Force with the capability to support national objectives in peacetime or in time of crisis anywhere on the globe well into the 21st century. The B-2 will provide the centerpiece of a security strategy based upon the employment of airpower anytime, anywhere, without the constraints of foreign bases.
 The superb cooperation over the past decade between the members of the B-2 military-industry team has produced a truly revolutionary aircraft. Their efforts have resulted in the production of the stealthiest aircraft ever built. Continued innovation and resourcefulness have produced the development of hundreds of new materials and processes, advanced testing technologies and procedures that will set the standard for test programs in the future, and state of the art manufacturing and logistics techniques. The B-2 stands as a tribute to the perseverance and ingenuity of the more than 40,000 men and women in the Air Force and aerospace industry who have committed themselves to bringing this new aircraft into the nation's inventory.
 The Collier Trophy will be presented at a black-tie dinner in Washington D.C. on May 8, 1992. This 1,000-person dinner will be hosted by the National Aviation Club.
 The National Aeronautic Association, founded in 1905, is the National Aero Club of the United States. Its primary mission is the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight by fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities and by promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Smith of Northrop Corp., 310-948-9319/
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