Aerospace/Defense

What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn.

Combined defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will be headquartered in Massachusetts — not Connecticut. Good news for the state, but what will be the impact of the merger, announced Monday, of the two companies into one company with an estimated $74 billion in sales for 2019 have in Western Massachusetts where many…

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Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.6 million federal grant for drainage

U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, brought news of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport on Monday. The airport will use the money to improve drainage at Barnes, according to information provided by Neal’s office. “The regional airport in Westfield is increasingly playing a larger and more…

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House-passed National Defense Authorization Act includes $43 million for Westover Air…

A Western Massachusetts air reserve base is poised to receive millions in federal funding to construct a regional ISO maintenance hangar under a $716 billion national defense bill compromise that cleared the U.S. House Thursday.  The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which now awaits Senate approval, includes funding for an array of Pentagon initiatives and priorities across the…

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Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

When Lucas and Liam Goncalves saw an information table for the U.S. Air Force they couldn’t wait to meet the people sitting behind it. “Can we go talk to them?” Lucas, 7, asked and already started running as their mother gave them the OK. The two were among some of the most enthusiastic visitors to…

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WWII aircraft land at Westover airport in Chicopee (photos, video)

Three pieces of World War II aviation history landed this week at Westover Metropolitan Airport. Commemorative Air Force brought a B-29 Superfortress named “Fifi,” a C-45 Expeditor named “Bucket of Bolts” and a T-6 Texan legendary trainer. The tour arrived on Wednesday and offers people a chance to get an up-close view of the planes…

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United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly…

Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people — including thousands in Connecticut — and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services,…

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