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    U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition

    The U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B reached initial operational capability (IOC) on July 31, 2015 with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for worldwide deployment. According to the news release: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, was the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant after completing years of developmental and operational testing, followed by an intensive | Read More »

    Forbes.com: Ten Signs The F-35 Fighter Program Is Becoming A Smashing Success

    After facing multiple challenges in recent years, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program is nearing initial readiness for combat. The Marines are close to declaring initial operating capability (IOC) for their F-35B variant, with the expectation of meeting this milestone by the end of July. According to an opinion piece from Loren Thompson on Forbes.com, the program is rapidly becoming a “smashing success”: | Read More »

    Four Things To Know About F-35 Production Ramp Up

    As the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter continues making strides in testing and flight hours, production of the fighter jets is being ramped up. 36 aircraft were delivered in 2014, and in the next three years that number should double. Coverage on F35.com lines out four key elements to learn about what the production ramp-up will mean, including: 1. Program Managers Are Sure the | Read More »

    Kendall cites progress on F-35 performance, schedule, cost

    At a conference in Oslo, Norway last week, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters that the F-35 is making good progress on schedule, performance and cost. This marked the first time an F-35 partner country hosted the annual F-35 CEO Conference, a meeting of top US officials, industry executives and partner nations to discuss the progress of the Joint | Read More »

    U.S. Marine Corps Begins F-35B Operational Trials

    Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs arrived aboard the USS WASP this week to mark the beginning of the first shipboard phase of the F-35B Operational Test (OT-1). According to the report: The at-sea period will continue aboard USS WASP for the next two weeks, with fleet representative aircraft and maintenance personnel from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine | Read More »

    F-35 program ‘on right track’, director says

    Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program’s top official at the Pentagon, told a House Armed Services Committee panel on April 14 that despite setbacks, the program is on the right track to meet its delivery goals, and is steadily improving. From DoD News coverage: Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan updated members of the committee’s tactical air and land | Read More »

    Air Force: F-35 ready for initial combat in 2016

    The Air Force is nearly ready to declare its F-35 fighter jets ready for initial combat use as early as August 2016, according to a top F-35 official. Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, a two-star general and pilot with more than 4,100 hours flying in fighter jets including the F-22, told Reuters this week that the Air Force variant of the F-35 was making progress towards | Read More »

    Alaska bases closer to winning F-35 fleet

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 35% and the other members of the Alaska Congressional delegation are applauding an Air Force announcement indicating their interest in basing 48 F-35 fighter jets in their state, possibly at Eielson Air Force Base. The Air Force issued a notice last week that it would begin meetings in Alaska to discuss an environmental impact study, the first step | Read More »

    Ex-Navy Air Boss: F-35s “Essential” To Carrier Air Wings

    Vice Adm. David H. Buss stepped down as the Navy’s “air boss” last month. Vice Adm. Buss reports that the F-35’s recent successful sea trials showed that the fighter jet is close to becoming operational, and that it is “essential to the future of carrier air wings”. From Navy Times coverage: “I’m very happy with where we are with the program now,” Buss said during | Read More »

    F-35 Lightning II Program Meets Aircraft Production Goal for 2014

    Last month, the Defense Department accepted the final F-35 Lightning II aircraft delivery for 2014. With the delivery of this aircraft, the CF-19 F-35C for the Marine Corps, Lockheed Martin officially met the production goal of 36 aircraft for the year. In total, 109 operational aircraft have been delivered to the U.S. and its partner nations. The final aircraft of 2014 was also the first | Read More »