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    F-35 Lightning II Program Meets 2015 Aircraft Delivery Goal

    The Department of Defense (DOD) accepted its 45th F-35 Lightning II aircraft delivery for 2015, meeting the program production goal for the year. With this delivery, Lockheed Martin has delivered 154 operational aircraft to the DOD and partner nations since program inception. “Meeting aircraft production goals is a critical stepping stone in demonstrating the program is ready for the expected significant production ramp up,” said | Read More »

    Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Flyover to Feature Air Force F-35

    From F35.com: Fans attending this year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will have an exclusive look at the new Lockheed Martin F-35As during the pre-game flyover. The Air Force version of the jets will perform a fourship formation flyover flown by pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. This is only the second time a flyover of F-35’s will have | Read More »

    First F-35A Delivered Outside the U.S.

    From the release on F35.com: “When Leonardo DaVinci first envisioned human flight as an Italian creation, there is no way he could have imagined what we have here today,” said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Joint Program Executive Officer. “The F-35 aircraft built here in Cameri will take flight on the wings of Italian craftsmanship, ingenuity, and skill and will help build the first global | Read More »

    F-35’s Joint Strike Missile Completes Flight Test

    The Joint Strike Fighter program reached an important milestone recently, as an F-16 out of Edwards Air Force Base fired a Joint Strike Missile. From Defense News: In a major milestone, the Joint Strike Missile designed for the F-35 fighter jet successfully completed a flight test last week. The missile was launched from an F-16 based out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, over the Utah | Read More »

    F-35A Completes First Aerial Gun Test

    The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during a California test flight, Oct. 30. This milestone was the first in a series of test flights to functionally evaluate the in-flight operation of the F-35A’s internal 25mm gun throughout its employment envelope. Three bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 | Read More »

    U.S. Navy Expands F-35C Testing

    Continuing sea trials for its F-35C variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the U.S. Navy brought multiple F-35 aircraft to the U.S.S. Eisenhower earlier this month for a crucial round of carrier testing. From Aviation Week coverage: Test pilots put their F-35Cs through the paces for military- and maximum-level launches with simulated missiles, testing the aircraft with gross weights with internal weapons, proving out the | Read More »

    Hill’s F-35s Complete First Training Mission

    The first two F-35A jets have completed training missions at Hill Air Force Base. From the Standard Examiner: On Sept. 17, Lt. Col. George Watkins, commander of the 34th Fighter Squadron, and Maj. Brad Matherne, assistant director of operations for the squadron, flew the first F-35A “sorties” from Hill. According to the 388th Fighter Wing, the pilots conducted “mission qualification training,” which included weapons employment, familiarization | Read More »

    F-35 Could Deploy Quickly After IOC Next Year, General Says

    Following the Marines’ announcement this summer that the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program could be close to combat readiness, the Air Force also announced this week that the fighter jets could be ready to deploy overseas in 2016. According to the Air Force Times: The F-35 could deploy overseas as soon as it reaches initial operating capability in 2016, said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey | Read More »

    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 »