News: F-35A

  • F-35 Completes First European Training Deployment

    F-35 Completes First European Training Deployment

    48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // May 08, 2017
    Eight F-35A Lightning IIs from the 34th Fighter Squadron, along with supporting units and equipment from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, completed the first F-35A training deployment to Europe, May 7, 2017.
  • U.S. Air Force to Send F-35A to Paris Air Show

    U.S. Air Force to Send F-35A to Paris Air Show

    U.S. Air Force Statement // May 07, 2017
    ​The Air Force will send the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft to participate in the Paris Air Show this June, Air Force officials announced May 6, 2017.
  • Hill F-35s at Lakenheath

    Hill F-35s at Lakenheath

    Combat Aircraft // May 02, 2017
    ​Eight F-35A Lightning IIs operated by the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron ‘Rams’ and the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing’s 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, deployed to RAF Lakenheath, UK, in April for the type’s first overseas training deployment to Europe.
  • 5th-Generation Fighters Arrive in Bulgaria

    5th-Generation Fighters Arrive in Bulgaria

    U.S. Department of Defense // April 28, 2017
    Two U.S. F-35 Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting airmen arrived in Bulgaria today from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, as part of a deployment that enhances the region’s ability to host the aircraft for future deployments and operations.
  • F-35As Deploy to Estonia for the First Time

    F-35As Deploy to Estonia for the First Time

    USAFE-AFAFRICA // April 25, 2017
    Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and approximately 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, today, from RAF Lakenheath, England.
  • Three “Adir” (F-35I) Jets Land in Israel

    Three “Adir” (F-35I) Jets Land in Israel

    The Israeli Air Force / Carmel Stern & Zohar Boneh // April 24, 2017
    The “Adir” (F-35I) is an advanced fifth generation multirole stealth fighter. Its advanced capabilities make it a first rate strategic asset for the IAF, the IDF and all of Israel. “
  • US, UK Leaders Mark F-35A Program Milestone

    US, UK Leaders Mark F-35A Program Milestone

    DVIDS // April 19, 2017
    Senior leaders from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Air Force and the Royal air force gathered to highlight a significant F-35A Lightning II program milestone, April 19.
  • U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Fighter Aircraft to Deploy to Europe for Training

    U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Fighter Aircraft to Deploy to Europe for Training

    United States Department of Defense // April 14, 2017
    The U.S. Air Force will deploy a small number of F-35A Lightning II aircraft this weekend on a long-planned training deployment to Europe. The aircraft are scheduled to conduct training with other U.S. and NATO aircraft based in Europe for several weeks as part of the European Reassurance Initiative.
  • Luke AFB’s 10,000th F-35 Sortie

    Luke AFB’s 10,000th F-35 Sortie

    Luke AFB, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // April 01, 2017
    Lt. Col. Robert Miller, 62nd Fighter Squadron pilot, lands the 10,000th F-35 Lightning II training sortie at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz March 29, 2017. The 5,000th training sortie was flown in May 2015 marking more than 5,000 sorties flown in 10 months as Luke continues to build the future of air power. (U.S. Air Force phot
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron Receives its First F-35

    63rd Fighter Squadron Receives its First F-35

    Luke AFB, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 20, 2017
    Since the first arrival of the F-35 in 2014, the program at Luke has rapidly matured and is approaching its halfway point with the 63rd FS’s first jet.
  • FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    Luke AFB, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 17, 2017
    Student and instructor pilots working under the Foreign Military Sales program reached a historic milestone today when they flew their 100th sortie here at Luke Air Force Base.
  • A Pilot’s Perspective on the F-35’s Dominance

    A Pilot’s Perspective on the F-35’s Dominance

    Scout Warrior // March 08, 2017
    The Air Force's new F-35A multi-role, stealth Joint Strike Fighter brings an unprecedented ability to destroy targets in the air, attack moving enemies on the ground and beam battlefield images across the force in real time, an Air Force pilot told Scout Warrior in a special interview.
  • F-35: The Future of Australian Aviation

    F-35: The Future of Australian Aviation

    February 22, 2017
    The F-35’s arrival in Australia marks another step in the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) transformation into a 5th Generation air force.
  • Face of Defense: Youngest Maintainer Launches Youngest Jet at Red Flag

    Face of Defense: Youngest Maintainer Launches Youngest Jet at Red Flag

    U.S. Department of Defense // February 22, 2017
    Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Kosters, the youngest F-35 crew chief in the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, was born in 1996. “The Macarena” somehow was No. 1 on the charts, “Independence Day” topped the box office, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon had already been flying for 22 years.
  • Red Flag May Affect Whether F-35s Deploy Overseas This Year

    Red Flag May Affect Whether F-35s Deploy Overseas This Year

    Defense News // February 14, 2017
    As Air Force leaders ponder whether to send F-35As overseas this year in what would be the jet’s first-ever operational deployment, officials could point to this year’s Red Flag exercise as a case study of how it can enhance both training and combat.
  • F-35A Stealth Brings Flexibility to Battlespace

    F-35A Stealth Brings Flexibility to Battlespace

    75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs // February 14, 2017
    Red Flag planners are tasking the F-35A with taking out advanced threats and the aircraft’s stealth capability is proving pilots can survive and operate effectively where others cannot
  • Grim Reaper Finds His Rage

    Grim Reaper Finds His Rage

    Eglin AFB // February 13, 2017
    As he stands at the step desk, you wouldn’t miss the subtle differences in his uniform. His brown leather boots seem foreign next to the sage green ones accompanying him.
  • JASDF Flies First Solo Mission

    JASDF Flies First Solo Mission

    Luke AFB, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // February 11, 2017
    After several months of training, Lt. Col. Nakano, JASDF F-35A pilot, completed a solo sortie and hit a historical milestone for the JASDF and 944th Fighter Wing.
  • F-35 to Make Australian Debut at the Australian International Airshow

    F-35 to Make Australian Debut at the Australian International Airshow

    RAAF HQ // February 07, 2017
    Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Australia’s two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters will make their first appearance in Australia at the Australian International Airshow.
  • F-35A Proving its Worth at Red Flag Combat Exercise

    F-35A Proving its Worth at Red Flag Combat Exercise

    75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs // February 02, 2017
    After eight days “at war” the F-35A Lightning II is proving to be an invaluable asset during Red Flag 17-01, the Air Force’s premier air combat exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
  • Nomads Fire First Missiles

    Nomads Fire First Missiles

    33rd Fighter Wing // February 02, 2017
    The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an operational F-35A during a weapons system evaluation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Jan. 31, 2017,
  • F-35: Luke Maintainers Integrate with Lockheed Martin

    F-35: Luke Maintainers Integrate with Lockheed Martin

    Luke AFB // January 30, 2017
    Airmen from the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit integrated with the Lockheed Martin maintainers to begin performing maintenance for the F-35 Lightning II beginning in Jan., eventually with the goal of taking over the U.S. F-35 maintenance for the unit.
  • Hill AFB Fighter Wings Bring First F-35A to Red Flag

    Hill AFB Fighter Wings Bring First F-35A to Red Flag

    U.S. Air Force - 388th Fighter Wing // January 23, 2017
    Pilots and maintainers from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings deployed the F-35A Lightning II to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 20, 2017 for exercise Red Flag.
  • First “Adir” (F-35I) Flight in Israel

    First “Adir” (F-35I) Flight in Israel

    Israeli Air Force // December 15, 2016
    Only 16 hours after landing in Nevatim AFB, the first two “Adir” (F-35I) stealth fighters took off for their first sortie in Israeli skies. The hour-long sortie was escorted by “Sufa” (F-16I) fighters. “This morning, our men woke up to a new day and a new era”
  • The “Adir” Has Landed

    The “Adir” Has Landed

    Nevatim Air Base, Israel // December 12, 2016
    The Israeli “Adir” (F-35I) stealth fighters have landed: the first pair of “Adir” jets have landed in Nevatim AFB and brought the IAF into the fifth generation era. Tomorrow, they will take off for their first flight and receive OTC in December. “Today, the fifth generation revolution begins”
  • Air Mobility Command Enables Delivery of Israel’s First F-35s

    Air Mobility Command Enables Delivery of Israel’s First F-35s

    618th Air Operations Center Public Affairs // December 12, 2016
    Air Mobility Command Airmen worked around the clock to ensure Israel’s first two F-35 aircraft were delivered Dec. 12, making the U.S. ally the only country in the Middle East flying a fifth generation fighter aircraft.
  • First Japanese F-35A Arrives at Luke AFB

    First Japanese F-35A Arrives at Luke AFB

    Luke AFB, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // November 29, 2016
    The arrival marked the next step for the international F-35 training program as Japan took ownership of the first FMS aircraft to arrive at Luke.
  • F-35 ALIS 2.0.2 Fielding to Start Early Next Year

    F-35 ALIS 2.0.2 Fielding to Start Early Next Year

    Inside Defense // November 18, 2016
    ​F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin now anticipates the next software release of the jet's Autonomic Logistics Information System will begin fielding in early 2017 -- at least five months later than the program anticipated.
  • USAF Completes Insulation Repairs On Operational F-35s

    USAF Completes Insulation Repairs On Operational F-35s

    FlightGlobal // November 18, 2016
    Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force have finished repairs on the last of 13 F-35As affected by a faulty insulation issue earlier this year, though work continues on Lockheed’s production aircraft.
  • F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD

    F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD

    United States Department of Defense // November 07, 2016
    The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the first component repair assignments Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS), for the first 65 of 774 repairables.
  • Edwards AFB Squadron Tests Missile for European Ally’s F-35

    Edwards AFB Squadron Tests Missile for European Ally’s F-35

    Edwards AFB // November 04, 2016
    From Norway to Australia, members from a number of allied and partner nations have come to Edwards Air Force Base to team with base units to test systems, enhance international cooperation and advance their own air force’s capabilities.
  • Repaired F-35s Return To Flight

    Repaired F-35s Return To Flight

    Aviation Week // October 31, 2016
    Repaired U.S. Air Force F-35As are beginning to fly again after the discovery of faulty insulation inside the fuel tanks grounded 15 operational jets in September, the service confirmed to Aviation Week.
  • F-35 Fix

    F-35 Fix

    Inside Defense // October 21, 2016
    The program will begin fielding the fix on production aircraft in December.
  • Reservists Help Keep F-35 Stealthy

    Reservists Help Keep F-35 Stealthy

    419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // October 13, 2016
    When the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th FW received the Air Force’s first operational F-35s in September 2015, they took responsibility for not only flying the jets, but also keeping them in top condition.
  • Norway Voices Support for F-35 in Budget Proposal

    Norway Voices Support for F-35 in Budget Proposal

    Fort Worth Star Telegram // October 11, 2016
    ​Norway’s defense department — which has always said it planned to buy 52 planes — told its parliament in a 2017 budget proposal that it plans to purchase 12 planes in the 2019 and 2020 “block buys,” making it the first international partner to make such a multiyear purchase, an official said.
  • Carlisle: F-35A is Fusion Warfare Key Component

    Carlisle: F-35A is Fusion Warfare Key Component

    U.S. Air Force // September 21, 2016
    ​During a panel session at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference here Sept. 20, F-35A Lightning II senior leadership discussed the future of the multi-role aircraft.
  • Block 3F Software Aids F-35 Weapons Test

    Block 3F Software Aids F-35 Weapons Test

    FlightGlobal // August 22, 2016
    With the aide of its new Block 3F software, the Lockheed Martin F-35 recently completed twelve weapons delivery accuracy and 13 weapon separation events during a month-long weapon test on the US West Coast.
  • Stealthy Visitor Arrives for Abbotsford Airshow

    Stealthy Visitor Arrives for Abbotsford Airshow

    CBC News // August 12, 2016
    It's the first time this fighter has ever visited Canada, so it's a first chance for many to check out one of the planes in the running to replace the country's aging CF-18 fighter jets
  • F-35 Touches Down in Canada

    F-35 Touches Down in Canada

    Abbotsford, BC, Canada // August 11, 2016
    The aircraft, operated by the 388th Fighter Wing out of Hill AFB, touched down just after 12:30 p.m. local time as media and aviation enthusiasts looked on.
  • F-35 Completes First Live Air-to-Air Kill Test

    F-35 Completes First Live Air-to-Air Kill Test

    F-35 Joint Program Office // August 01, 2016
    U.S. Air Force test pilot, Maj. Raven LeClair, employed an AIM-9X missile from an F-35A's external wing against an aerial drone target in restricted military sea test range airspace
  • First Operational F-35A Squadron Finishes IOC To-Do List

    First Operational F-35A Squadron Finishes IOC To-Do List

    Defense News // July 27, 2016
    The Air Force’s first F-35 squadron has completed all preparations necessary to declare the joint strike fighter combat capable, and sources say an initial operating capability declaration could be made early next week.
  • Israel’s First F-35 Lightning II Takes Flight

    Israel’s First F-35 Lightning II Takes Flight

    Fort Worth, Texas // July 26, 2016
    ​The first Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35A Lightning II aircraft, known as the “Adir,” (meaning “Mighty One” in Hebrew) flew its first Lockheed Martin company check flight from the F-35 production facility here July 25.
  • USAF Eyes F-35A IOC

    USAF Eyes F-35A IOC

    Combat Aircraft // July 25, 2016
    ​‘It is doing spectacular’, said Carlisle of the F-35A.
  • Air Force Describes Jets’ Role in New War

    Air Force Describes Jets’ Role in New War

    Military.Com // July 25, 2016
    At a time when war with China is talked about as a future possibility, the deputy director for air and cyberspace operations at Pacific Air Forces gave a rare look at how advanced fifth-generation aircraft -- the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II among them -- could lead the air campaign in a conflict in the region.
  • F-35 Packs a Punch

    F-35 Packs a Punch

    AIN Online // July 13, 2016
    The F-35 is sleek and stealthy, thanks to internally-carried weapons, but that limits the operational payload and the jet’s air-to-ground capability, correct? To some extent, that is true, but here’s an alternative view.
  • Pentagon Unveils New Cost-Cutting Initiatives for F-35 Fighter Jet

    Pentagon Unveils New Cost-Cutting Initiatives for F-35 Fighter Jet

    Reuters // July 11, 2016
    The U.S. Defense Department on Monday extended by two years a project that has cut the cost of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter plane by more than $1 million per jet, and kicked off a similar project to cut operating and maintenance costs.
  • Phase II Cost Reductions Announced at Farnborough 2016

    Phase II Cost Reductions Announced at Farnborough 2016

    Farnborough International Airshow // July 11, 2016
    The initiatives are built upon the U.S. Government’s Better Buying Power initiatives, which encourage defense contractors and the USG acquisition community to determine new and innovative ways to reduce the cost of their goods and services.
  • USAF Sees No Major Hurdles To F-35 IOC

    USAF Sees No Major Hurdles To F-35 IOC

    Aviation Week // July 07, 2016
    As the F-35 makes its international debut in the United Kingdom this week, a top U.S. Air Force general says there are no major hurdles to the service declaring the F-35A operational close to its target date of Aug. 1.
  • F-35As Land at RAF Fairford

    F-35As Land at RAF Fairford

    RAF Fairford // June 30, 2016
    The jets join two USMC and one UK F-35B to total six F-35s now on the ground in the UK.
  • F-35B Touches Down in the UK

    F-35B Touches Down in the UK

    June 29, 2016
    After a day of constant rain and cold temperatures, immediately after the jets landed and taxied to the front of the hangar, the sun came out and a very full and bright double rainbow appeared directly over the jets.​
  • F-35A Nearly Combat Ready

    F-35A Nearly Combat Ready

    419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // June 27, 2016
    The first off-station deployment exercise for the F-35A Lightning II confirmed that the Air Force’s newest fighter jet is on track to reach initial operational capability later this year.
  • First Israeli F-35 Unveiled

    First Israeli F-35 Unveiled

    Jane's Defence Weekly // June 23, 2016
    Lockheed Martin unveiled the Israeli Air Force's first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on 22 June during an official ceremony at the company's Fort Worth production facility in Texas.
  • Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First Israeli F-35A

    Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First Israeli F-35A

    Defense Daily // June 22, 2016
    Lockheed Martin unveiled the first F-35A Joint Strike Fighter for the Israeli air force during a ceremony Wednesday at the company’s jet manufacturing facility in Ft. Worth, Texas.