2014 Accomplishments

Program Expansion Continues

In 2014, the F-35 program team saw unprecedented progress as the enterprise was expanded and maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S.  In addition, the program met its production goal of 36 aircraft delivered and new commitments were received from international partners and foreign military sales nations. Program highlights include:

Luke AFB Receives First F-35A

The first F-35 assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered on March 14, 2014. It was the first of 144 F-35As scheduled for delivery to the base. The welcome ceremony marked the delivery of the 35th F-35 to the USAF and the stand-up of the eighth F-35 base.

Watch the ceremony:

Republic of Korea Selects F-35A to Replace its Fighter Fleet

Following a comprehensive evaluation process for their F-X program, the Republic of Korea announced their decision to procure the F-35 on March 24, 2014. The country joined Israel and Japan as the third Foreign Military Sales customer.

First F-35B Arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the surrounding community welcomed home Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, July 11, 2014, as the first F-35B for the squadron arrived. Later in 2014, the Pilot Training Center and Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 kicked off the first F-35B pilot training course, also known as the F-35B Safe for Solo course.

First Royal Australian Air Force F-35As Roll Out of Factory

The first two F-35 Lightning IIs for the Royal Australian Air Force were formally rolled out of the Fort Worth factory on July 24, 2014. The aircraft, known as AU-1 and AU-2, will be based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where they will be used for Australian and partner country pilot training. See the ceremony highlights:

F-35C Completes First Phase of Sea Trials

The F-35C successfully completed its first phase of sea trials three days early aboard the USS Nimitz. The cadre of F-35C test pilots logged a total of 39.2 flight hours as they conducted 33 flights featuring 124 catapults, 124 arrestments and 222 touch and go landings.