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Photo Release -- Scaled Composites Names Kevin Mickey President, Cory Bird Vice President

Photo Release -- Scaled Composites Names Kevin Mickey President, Cory Bird
Vice President

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scaled Composites, a
wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), announced
today that it has named Kevin Mickey president and Cory Bird vice president,
effective immediately.

Kevin Mickey
 Kevin Mickey, president of
 Scaled Composites, a wholly
 owned subsidiary of Northrop
 Grumman Corporation

Cory Bird
 Cory Bird, vice president of
 Scaled Composites, a wholly
 owned subsidiary of Northrop
 Grumman Corporation

Photos accompanying this release are available at

"Kevin and Cory have been instrumental in keeping the trains of innovation
moving for over 20 years," said Paul Meyer, vice president and general manager
of Advanced Programs Development at Northrop Grumman. "I am confident in their
ability to continue the great work that started it all, bringing ingenuity and
perseverance to realize concepts never before thought possible."

Mickey has been with Scaled Composites for 23 years, most recently as
executive vice president and general manager. During his tenure, Mickey held
several key leadership positions including vice president, chief financial
officer and general manager.

As an aerospace veteran, Mickey has been engaged in the development and
execution of over 25 manned flight vehicles including Space Ship One and Two
as well as White Knight One and Two, Proteus and Firebird. In addition, he
helped to secure Scaled Composites' selection for the $10 million Ansari
X-prize – a contract to assist in the development and demonstration of the
first privately funded manned spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000
feet. Prior to joining Scaled Composites, Mickey held positions of increasing
responsibility in project management and leadership at Lockheed Martin Skunk

Mickey succeeds Doug Shane, who has taken on a special assignment to directly
support the completion of testing and the transition of commercial operations
for the Virgin Galactic and Stratolaunch programs. Shane took on numerous
assignments for Scaled Composites before being named president in 2008. He
will be valuable in helping these two important customers move closer to
commercial space operations.

Bird has been promoted to vice president, succeeding Mickey. With over 28
years at Scaled Composites, Bird has held several positions, starting as a
composite technician on the Scarab Model 324 high-performance reconnaissance
unmanned aircraft in 1985 and most recently as chief engineer for the
Stratolaunch program.

Over the course of his career, Bird has held increasing roles directly
supporting the design, development and execution of over 45 prototype vehicles
ranging from space to air to sea, including SpaceShipOne, SpaceShipTwo,
WhiteKnight, WhiteKnightTwo, Proteus, Orion, Tier II+, Triumph and many
others, including designing, manufacturing and flight testing his own N241ST
Symmetry aircraft.

Bird's commitment to designing solutions that offer the most efficient
structural arrangements, manufacturing methods and overhead for specific
program requirements has been instrumental to the success of Scaled
Composites' leadership in rapid prototyping and innovation.

Northrop Grumman Corporation acquired Scaled Composites in 2007. Scaled
Composites operates as a separate company supporting Northrop Grumman and
other customers. Providing a level of expertise second to none in rapid
design, innovation and prototyping, Scaled Composites is strongly aligned with
Northrop Grumman on designing innovative solutions with outside-the-box
thinking for game-changing results.‪

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit for more information.

CONTACT: Cynthia Curiel

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