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  • Philip Dunne, UK Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology

    Philip Dunne, UK Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology

    November 24, 2014 // OfficialsPoliticians
    "Looking to the future, the investment we are making in the F-35 aircraft will ensure we are securing the skies for decades to come, providing the UK with the latest stealth technology and multi-role aircraft capability. Not only does our investment in these next generation aircraft afford us air superiority, but the UK’s tier one status in the entire programme provides UK industry with a unique opportunity to produce world-leading products, technologies and manufacturing expertise for coming decades. The aircraft will be a powerful testament to the strength and capability of British industry. In addition, with the aircraft being supported and operated from RAF Marham, this will create job opportunities for the local community, as well as maintaining its key role as an RAF operating and engineering sustainment base which will support the military and civilian workforce for years to come."

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  • Michael Fallon, UK Defence Secretary

    Michael Fallon, UK Defence Secretary

    October 28, 2014 // OfficialsPoliticians
    "Today’s announcement is a major step forward. The Lightning II will equip the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force with a highly advanced multi-role stealth combat aircraft, operating from both our new Queen Elizabeth class carriers and land bases. These aircraft will form part of the first UK-based squadron of F-35s, which will take up station at RAF Marham in 2018. This programme is also bringing substantial industrial benefits to the UK, providing thousands of skilled jobs in the UK aerospace industry."

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  • Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, UK Ministry of Defence

    Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, UK Ministry of Defence

    October 28, 2014 // Officials
    "I am delighted that this agreement prepares the way for the first batch of operational [F-35B] combat aircraft. It ensures the MOD remains on target for achieving both operational capability from land bases and the start of flying trials aboard the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2018."

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  • Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

    Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

    October 22, 2014 // OfficialsPilots
    "I’m very happy with the technical capability that the F-35 has today, and that it promises to have in the future. As long as we don’t fail to deliver the right numbers of aircraft, that’s going to be an equally compelling capability when we deploy that fleet of 1,763 airplanes."

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  • Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

    Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

    October 22, 2014 // OfficialsPilots
    "People focus on stealth as the determining factor or delineator of the fifth generation [aircraft]. It isn’t; it’s fusion. [...] if anybody tries to tell you 'hey, I got a 4.5 airplane, a 4.8 airplane,' don’t believe them."
  • U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah

    U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah

    October 16, 2014 // Politicians
    "The capabilities of the F-35 fighter jet are unparalleled, and it was great to see firsthand some of our country’s next generation fighter jets being built. The jet is being built with care in Texas and will be flown and sustained by some of our Air Force’s finest at Hill [Air Force Base]. It’s been a long road and I enjoyed seeing the first of many F-35s at Hill last September for depot work and I look forward to seeing the aircraft flying in Utah next year as part of the Air Force’s first operational squadron."

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  • U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

    October 15, 2014 // Politicians
    "When it comes to freedom, I don't want a fair fight. I want us to be best. F-35 meets that need."

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  • Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    September 14, 2014 // Officials
    "If you want to be able to fight a full-spectrum fight in the air in 2025 and beyond, we must have more fifth-generation capability than we have today."

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  • Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    September 14, 2014 // Officials
    "The F-35 is going to be required to eliminate the air defense systems in the future."

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  • Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    September 14, 2014 // Officials
    "The F-22 cannot fight a theater’s worth of air superiority by itself; there are not enough of them. So the F-35 is going to have to help with that."

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  • U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas

    U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas

    September 05, 2014 // Politicians
    "The F35 is an essential airplane and weapons system in our arsenal. The F35 is going to be fine."

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  • John Pike, Director, Globalsecurity.org

    John Pike, Director, Globalsecurity.org

    September 01, 2014 // Industry Analysts
    "In another five years, there will be two types of aircraft in Asia: stealth fighters, meaning fifth-generation fighters, and targets."

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  • Dick McCrillis

    August 15, 2014 // Supporters
    "Regarding the column “Big-budget F-35 ‘can't turn, can't climb, can't run'” by David Axe, national security editor at Medium.com: Mr. Axe clearly has one to grind. This entire column is based on one cleverly dramatic quote, not actual test data. This kind of stone-throwing by a non-aviator, non-engineer really boils me.​ It's grossly simplistic solipsism to say that if something is expensive and part of the Department of Defense, it must perforce be a stupid purchase. Axe adds enough qualifiers in his text to cover his delicate sensibility, but this column is a waste of ink. While in the Navy, I flew an A-7 Corsair — an absolute slug of a single-engine airplane — for over 2,000 flight hours and hundreds of carrier landings. It was grossly underpowered with a notoriously unreliable engine. Yet it was a hugely successful machine in the only place where it counts: actual combat. The A-7 proved itself in Vietnam, Libya, Grenada, Lebanon and even the first Gulf War. How did we ever survive without some “analyst” telling the world about all its faults? We learned the airplane and played its strengths against the enemy's weaknesses. Based on what I read in the column, the RAND Corp. “study” was most likely a simple graph-versus-graph comparison of the F-35 and a number of nominally comparable Chinese fighters. It is a lousy analysis."

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  • U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, North Carolina

    U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, North Carolina

    August 12, 2014 // Politicians
    "I applaud the decision by the F-35 Joint Program Office to support construction of this critical Vertical Lift Fan Repair and Test Facility at FRC East. The F-35B represents the future of aviation for the Marine Corps, and this new VLF facility will ensure that our fleet remains in top operating condition at all times with the most cutting edge, reliable repair technology. I fought to get the F-35B's out of probation, into production and brought to FRC East because these planes are critical to our national security, and the construction of this facility will help maintain fleet readiness and create jobs in North Carolina."

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  • Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

    Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

    August 10, 2014 // Officials
    "The fifth generation [of fighter aircraft] brought us capabilities and lethalities that are straining my abilities at Red Flag [combat training exercises] to produce that same realistic combat environment. I can’t turn on every bell and whistle on my new fifth-generation [fighter aircraft] platforms because, A, they’re too destructive, and B, I don’t want the bad guys to know what I’m able to do."

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  • Dean Pyle

    August 09, 2014 // Supporters
    "[...] Over time, Luke [Air Force Base] will become the largest F-35 pilot-training base in the world. Once again, Luke will be known worldwide for the prestige it deserves for exceptional training in these exotic next-generation aircraft. The F-35 guarantees the air superiority of the U.S., and the economy of West Valley and the whole state will be enhanced when the full complement of the F-35s are stationed there. These are very exciting times. When we can look up and see them flying in our skies, we can take great pride in our government at least getting one thing right. It took a lot of bipartisan effort to produce this important replacement for the aging F-16s, and we should be grateful."

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  • Gideon R. Burris, Airman 1st Class, U.S. Air Force

    August 08, 2014 // Maintainers
    "To be among the first to earn my 3-Level as an F-35 Crew Chief is a feeling of responsibility and also a significant measure of pride. It's special because the F-35 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the air."

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  • Staff Sgt. Trevor L. Taylor, U.S. Air Force

    August 08, 2014 // Maintainers
    "Once the F-35 program has matured and the full capabilities of the aircraft are realized, the marriage between aircraft, pilot, and maintainer will be a lethal combination for many decades to come."

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  • Staff Sgt. Ralph S. Davis, U.S. Air Force

    August 08, 2014 // Maintainers
    "The technology integrated into the F-35 makes the aircraft easier to maintain. We interface directly with the aircraft by computer, and the diagnostic capabilities inherent in every system let us know if a component is going bad before it handicaps the mission. This allows a proactive approach to maintenance that will minimize down time. [...] One of the great things about the F-35 training program is that it's suited perfectly for this generation of Airmen. They're very proficient with computer technology, which helps them quickly grasp F-35 concepts and systems."

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  • Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

    July 30, 2014 // Officials
    "The F-35 is the answer, the only answer that will ensure future air campaigns are not a fair fight."

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  • Maj. Gregory Summa, Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121

    Maj. Gregory Summa, Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121

    July 30, 2014 // Pilots
    "With the F-35 and its combination of stealth and fused combat missions, we can reduce dramatically the need for mission support aircraft in initial operations."

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  • Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy

    Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy

    July 30, 2014 // Officials
    "I'm absolutely certain in the delivery of credible, carrier strike capability. We will see a growth in commitment to F-35s to meet the maximum value that the [U.K.] government would want to derive from the strategic assets they have bought and are paying for."

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  • Doug Fisher

    July 29, 2014 // Supporters
    "I am writing to thank Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to our great state, our nation, and especially to our military. Their support ensures that our military personnel here and abroad are equipped with the equipment and capabilities need to keep our nation safe. [...] One example is our Senators ongoing support for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, that will keep the U.S. at the forefront and dominant in air defense technology. Not only is this new aircraft skillful in countering potential adversaries, it is also designed to require less maintenance and support than our aging legacy fighters, which will translate into across-the-board savings for our country."

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  • Frank Kendall, U.S. Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

    Frank Kendall, U.S. Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

    July 25, 2014 // Officials
    "For both [the U.S. and Australia, the F-35] program represents an exponential leap in capability on the cutting edge of technology, and an integral component of our ongoing joint commitment to stability and peace in the Asia-Pacific."

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  • Air Marshall Geoff Brown, Chief of Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force

    Air Marshall Geoff Brown, Chief of Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force

    July 25, 2014 // Officials
    "The F-35 is perhaps the greatest opportunity for evolutionary change the [Royal Australian Air Force] has been presented. We’re introducing into service a revolutionary capability, and our evolution as a force must align with the opportunities this offers us."

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  • Colonel Todd Canterbury, 33rd Fighter Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force

    Colonel Todd Canterbury, 33rd Fighter Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force

    July 25, 2014 // OfficialsPilots
    "It’s been a unique and fortunate opportunity for us to train with the Marines here [at Eglin AFB]. We’ve been able to partner together and learn a great deal from each other. These lessons have definitely made the F-35 program stronger and helped to lay the foundation for all services on the way we operate the F-35."

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  • Lt. Col. Joseph Bachmann, Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501

    Lt. Col. Joseph Bachmann, Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501

    July 17, 2014 // Pilots
    "The F-35 is the most advanced fighter in the world. The best part about this airplane getting here today is for the Marines to start working on completing the maintenance training and getting ready to start organic operations within the end of the year."

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  • Rep. Jack Williams, Alabama House of Representatives

    Rep. Jack Williams, Alabama House of Representatives

    June 16, 2014 // Politicians
    "While American air superiority is a global fact today, there is no guarantee it will be maintained in the future. That’s why the Pentagon is investing now to replace our country’s aging fleet of fourth-generation fighters with the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II, a process that injects more than $12 million into Alabama’s economy. Our current fleet of aircraft has served us well, from the mid-1970s when the first fourth-generation fighter went into service (F-14 Tomcat), to today. But the F-35 is what will carry us into the future. It is a multi-role combat aircraft that combines radar-evading stealth technology with supersonic speed capabilities and fighter agility. The aircraft tracks and transmits data from its entire battle space so threats can be identified, shared with coalition forces and neutralized quickly from long-range. [...] The bottom line is this: the fourth generation fighters just cannot keep up in this dangerous world, but the F-35 Lightning II Program will help our country stay safe long into the future."

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  • U.S. Kay Granger

    Kay Granger, U.S. Representative

    June 12, 2014 // Politicians
    "I will fight to strengthen our district’s contribution to the security of this country and be a vocal supporter of important weapons programs, including the F-22, H-1, V-22, and Joint Strike Fighter. These programs are integral to our national security and play a vital role in our military’s offensive and defensive strategies."

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  • Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense

    Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense

    May 31, 2014 // Officials
    "South Korea also intends to acquire the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- which means that America and its most capable allies in this region, including Australia and Japan, will soon be operating the world's most advanced, fifth-generation tactical aircraft."

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