News: United States

  • 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.
  • F-35C Targeting System Guides Weapon to Moving Target

    F-35C Targeting System Guides Weapon to Moving Target

    Edwards AFB, California / 412th Test Wing Public Affairs // April 20, 2017
    The F-35 Integrated Test Force recently performed another first-of-its-kind test when the aircraft released a laser-guided bomb against a moving target.
  • 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.
  • US Marines Continue F-35B Workup in Japan

    US Marines Continue F-35B Workup in Japan

    Defense News // April 17, 2017
    The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter squadron to deploy overseas is continuing the type’s expeditionary workup, conducting training exercises to operate the aircraft in real-world scenarios while operating from austere locations.
  • 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.
  • USMC Develops F-35’s Austere Capabilities

    USMC Develops F-35’s Austere Capabilities

    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly // April 13, 2017
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is developing the austere operating capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with a 'hot' ground refuelling conducted from a transport aircraft on 11 April.
  • 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.
  • F-35 Stealth Fighter Touted as the Tie that Binds Pacific Alliance

    F-35 Stealth Fighter Touted as the Tie that Binds Pacific Alliance

    Stars and Stripes // March 16, 2017
    The two-day symposium on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter served as the first loop in a knot “to more quickly mature the airplane” among Pacific allies, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Craig Wills, director of strategy, plans and programs for U.S. Pacific Command, on Tuesday.
  • Ogden ALC Completes F-35 Milestone

    Ogden ALC Completes F-35 Milestone

    Ogden Air Logistics Complex // March 15, 2017
    The Ogden Air Logistics Complex accomplished another "first" in support of the F-35 Lightning II program.
  • 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.
  • Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    March 08, 2017

    The U.S. Marine Corps has adjusted the number of F/A-18 Hornet squadrons on rotating deployments to Japan with the arrival of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to that country, according to the Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation.

  • 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
  • HARB Reservist Runs F-35 Training Devices Program

    HARB Reservist Runs F-35 Training Devices Program

    Homestead Air Reserve Base // February 13, 2017
    1st Lt. Benito Avendano began his military career as fuels systems maintainer. He now heads a team of over 100 people to work the Maintenance Training Device Program for Lockheed Martin.
  • 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.
  • F-35’s First B-Course Takes Flight

    F-35’s First B-Course Takes Flight

    Luke AFB // February 08, 2017
    The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.
  • Navy F-35C Pilots Test New High-Tech Helmet

    Navy F-35C Pilots Test New High-Tech Helmet

    Scout.com // February 08, 2017
    Sensors in the pilot’s Generation “3 HMD” have been improved with new firmware to better enable pilots to target enemies and perform missions at night
  • F-35B Marks Aviation First at JBER

    F-35B Marks Aviation First at JBER

    477th Fighter Group // February 02, 2017
    “This operation is good for the F-35 and its crew to experience the harsh environment of Alaska,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Andre Villanueve, F-35B maintenance control member. “Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is a great base, the Air Force took care of our crew and our aircraft.”
  • 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 F-35Cs for West Coast FRS to Arrive Next Week at Lemoore

    First F-35Cs for West Coast FRS to Arrive Next Week at Lemoore

    U.S. Naval Institute News // January 18, 2017
    The first F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters will arrive on the West Coast next week as the Navy prepares to ramp up its training pipeline for the next-generation stealth jet designed for carrier operations, Navy officials announced Tuesday.
  • F-35B Arrives in Japan

    F-35B Arrives in Japan

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan // January 18, 2017
    F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni January 18, beginning the squadron’s permanent basing at the air station.
  • 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”
  • Air Force Releases Candidate Installations for Next F-35A Bases

    Air Force Releases Candidate Installations for Next F-35A Bases

    Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs // December 07, 2016
    The candidate bases include: Dannelly Field Air Guard Station, Montgomery, Alabama; Gowen Field AGS, Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville AGS Florida, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Detroit, and Truax AGS, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • F-35 Helmet, Ahead of Our Time

    F-35 Helmet, Ahead of Our Time

    DVIDS // November 19, 2016
    When the DoD launched the acquisition process for the revolutionary multi-service, multi-role, single seat, single engine strike fighter aircraft known as the F-35 Lightning II, they envisioned a common platform across three variants that ultimately invigorated the defense industry world-wide.
  • 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.
  • Marines Do First-of-its-Kind Maintenance Test with F-35B on Ship

    Marines Do First-of-its-Kind Maintenance Test with F-35B on Ship

    DoD Buzz // November 10, 2016
    To prove that the Marines’ new 5th-generation fighter could undergo maintenance during an at-sea deployment, air crew aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America took one of the aircraft apart–and put it back together again.
  • Madly, Truly, Deeply

    Madly, Truly, Deeply

    Air Force Magazine // November 08, 2016
    Though it looks like one, the F-35 is “not a fighter,” but is “infinitely, exponentially” better than one, and is certainly far more than a mere replacement for the AV-8B Harrier in Marine Corps usage, F-35B pilot Lt. Col. David Berke said Monday.
  • 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.
  • F-35 Lightning II Testing Begins on USS America

    F-35 Lightning II Testing Begins on USS America

    U.S. Navy - USS America (LHA 6) Public Affairs // November 01, 2016
    ​America will embark seven F-35Bs -- two are scheduled to begin the third shipboard phase of developmental test (DT-III) and five are scheduled to conduct operational testing.
  • Five F-35Bs Begin Shipboard Testing

    Five F-35Bs Begin Shipboard Testing

    Inside Defense // November 01, 2016
    Five Joint Strike Fighter "B"-variant aircraft landed on the amphibious assault ship America for testing last week, according to the Navy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Military.com // October 11, 2016
    The unit, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, California, will team up with Yuma-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 for a variety of training evolutions before the units deploy together to the Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit next year.
  • 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.
  • Marine F-35 Operational Tests Increases Combat Capability

    Marine F-35 Operational Tests Increases Combat Capability

    DVIDS // September 01, 2016
    Three F-35B aircraft and 75 U.S. Marines from Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) F-35B Detachment at Edwards Air Force Base , CA, along with 21 test personnel from the JSF Operational Test Team at Edwards deployed to Eglin AFB, FL., from August 9 to September 1, 2016 to complete Operational Test missile
  • F-35C Completes DT-III Ahead of Schedule

    F-35C Completes DT-III Ahead of Schedule

    USS George Washington (CVN 73) // August 29, 2016
    The highly diverse cadre assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 showcased their trademark test efficiency and effectiveness by completing 100 percent of the required DT-III test points.
  • Marine Corps’ Joint Strike Fighter Prepares for Combat

    Marine Corps’ Joint Strike Fighter Prepares for Combat

    National Defense Magazine // August 18, 2016
    ​During Red Flag 16-3 — an advanced aerial combat training exercise — the aircraft participated in a series of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, Marine Corps officials said.
  • US Navy Makes F-35C Carrier Qualification Push

    US Navy Makes F-35C Carrier Qualification Push

    FlightGlobal // August 17, 2016
    The US Navy continued a three-year campaign to build the Lockheed Martin F-35C’s sea legs with the third and last shipboard deployment of the development test phase for the carrier-based variant starting on 14 August.
  • F-35C Back at Sea for 3rd Round of Carrier Tests

    F-35C Back at Sea for 3rd Round of Carrier Tests

    Defense News // August 17, 2016
    Two F-35C carrier variant versions of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) lined up Monday on catapults one and two of this aircraft carrier steaming about 75 miles off the Virginia coast. Blast doors lifted from the deck and the aircraft’s control surfaces wiggled as the pilot ran through final checks.
  • Navy Schedules F-35C for Third Set of Carrier Trials

    Navy Schedules F-35C for Third Set of Carrier Trials

    Seapower Magazine // August 02, 2016
    The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II strike fighter is scheduled to begin carrier qualifications for the third and final phase of its developmental test program this week, a Navy spokesman said in an e-mail announcing the planned event.
  • 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
  • F-35B Tactics Evolving As Pilots’ Understanding Of Technology Matures

    F-35B Tactics Evolving As Pilots’ Understanding Of Technology Matures

    USNI News // July 29, 2016
    The Marine Corps’ top aviator said the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter pilots have matured in their understanding of the new platform in the year since the service declared initial operational capability, pushing themselves to push past planned tactics and create a new way of using the fifth-generation technology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Red Flag Firsts

    Red Flag Firsts

    Air Force Magazine // July 19, 2016
    ​The US-only iteration of the 2016 Red Flag exercises is underway, with two unique features.
  • 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

    2016 Farnborough International Airshow

    July 16, 2016
    The Farnborough International Airshow combines a five-day tradeshow with a two-day public airshow that displays some of the world's premiere military and commercial aircraft.
  • 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.
  • Marine-RAF Team Bring Lightning to United Kingdom

    Marine-RAF Team Bring Lightning to United Kingdom

    U.S. Marine Corps // June 30, 2016
    Marines with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One and a Royal Air Force pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) successfully conducted the first ever trans-Atlantic flight of the F-35B Lightning II, July 29, 2016.
  • Second F-35B Squadron Becomes Operational Thursday

    Second F-35B Squadron Becomes Operational Thursday

    Inside Defense // June 29, 2016
    Marine Attack Squadron-211 will be officially redesignated as the Marine Corps' second Joint Strike Fighter operational squadron on Thursday, the service announced this week.