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    F-35 Airshows

    Partnerships Soar at International Airshows

    Global partnerships are essential to the success of the F-35 Lightning II.

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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."
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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