The F-117 Nighthawk, was the world's first operational stealth fighter. It demonstrated its extraordinary low observable capability during Operation Desert-Storm in early 1991.
U-2S/ER-2 Dragon Lady (1998)
Though the trophy for the U-2S was given in 1998, the first U-2 got its start in 1954 when the threat of Soviet Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles compelled the CIA to task Kelly Johnson and the Skunk Works team to develop a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. The U-2S remains the highest flying, single engine airplane in service today.
The Skunk Works-led development and flight testing of the Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems X-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) prototypes earned this team a Collier Trophy. Included in this effort was the successful flight testing of the innovative lift fan system on the X-35B demonstrator. The successful testing of this revolutionary vertical landing capability was a key factor in this win.
The Raptor’s overwhelming performance in the demanding 2006 joint military exercise called Northern Edge secured the 2006 trophy. The YF-22, the precursor to the F-22 Raptor, was designed and built by an ADP led industry team. U.S. Raptor Team members include the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, BAE Systems and some 1,000 suppliers in 42 states.
The X-47B is a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman as part of the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) Carrier Demonstration program. The Northrop Grumman led X-47 team won the Collier Trophy for its successful demonstration of carrier operations. Lockheed Martin’s work included the successful design and manufacturing of the leading edges and arresting hook system.