U.S. Air Force

Galactic gala honors past, present of LI air and space

By GREGORY ZELLER // After four trips to space, a front-row seat for the breathless Apollo 13 rescue and some relatively ho-hum years as a U.S. Air Force airman and test pilot – Arctic interceptor missions, midair collisions, yawn – Thomas Stafford doesn’t surprise easily. And the retired Air Force lieutenant-general – who’s graced numerous aerospace-industry boards, once simultaneously oversaw NASA and USAF test facilities at Edwards Air Force Base and has flown just about…


CPI Aero winging it with new $48M Boeing contract

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $48 million deal will keep a longtime Long Island defense contractor flying Boeing’s friendly skies for the foreseeable future. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures on Thursday announced it has inked an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a “maximum ceiling value” of $48 million with Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing. Building on a decade-plus of support for Boeing’s workhorse A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter planes, the new IDIQ deal will see CPI Aero manufacturing…


Debtless docs debut at tuition-free LI med school

By GREGORY ZELLER // Future doctors ceremoniously started their medical educations at schools around the world July 26, but the “white coat ceremony” at one Long Island institute held a singular significance. It was the very first for the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, New York University’s newly accredited med-ed mecca. Part of the NYU Langone Health system, the LISOM received preliminary accreditation in February from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the U.S….


Future female pilots wing it at 2019 Air Show preview

By GREGORY ZELLER // With female pilots set to soar high in this year’s Bethpage Air Show, nearly two dozen high school girls flew out in front of the Memorial Day festivities – and maybe taxied some aviation careers toward takeoff. Twenty girls from Westbury High School visited Republic Airport in Farmingdale on Wednesday to meet the GEICO Skytypers, a “world famous” air show team featuring a squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft…


CPI Aero catches Lightning, again, with new F-35 deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The world’s most advanced warplane will get a lift from a longtime Long Island defense contractor. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures Inc. has been awarded a $15.8 million contract by the Lockheed Martin Co. to manufacture assemblies that open and close cockpit canopies on all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation jet that combines advanced stealth capabilities with fighter-plane speed and agility. The multi-year deal, announced Monday by CPI Aero,…