News: AF IOC

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.
  • Idaho Deployment to Push F-35 Limits

    Idaho Deployment to Push F-35 Limits

    419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // June 03, 2016
    The F-35A pilots and maintainers from Hill's active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will push the aircraft to their limits to simulate deployed operations and ensure the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft are performing as expected.
  • F-35 Locked and Loaded with Improved Block 3i Software

    F-35 Locked and Loaded with Improved Block 3i Software

    Flightglobal // May 09, 2016
    F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin has been preparing the software load in parallel with the Block 2B configuration that the Marine Corps' first operational F-35B group declared war-ready status with last July.
  • F-35 Chief: Software Bugs No Longer A Threat To IOC

    F-35 Chief: Software Bugs No Longer A Threat To IOC

    Defense News // April 26, 2016
    The joint program office and F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin identified the root cause, incorporated a fix, and have nearly finished flight tests of an updated software load, JPO chief Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan told reporters on Tuesday.
  • First Light F-35 Helmet Test A Success

    First Light F-35 Helmet Test A Success

    Defense News // April 19, 2016
    On March 31 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Lockheed Martin's F-35 conducted the first test combining all three solutions designed to reduce the risk of neck injury to F-35 pilots during ejection, according to spokesman Joe DellaVedova.
  • The Perfect Storm

    The Perfect Storm

    Airman Magazine // April 05, 2016
    Thunder’ and ‘Lightning’ strike during joint aerial tests
  • JPO Statement on F-35 SAR 2015

    JPO Statement on F-35 SAR 2015

    F-35 Joint Program Office // March 24, 2016
    The Fiscal Year 2015 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR 2015) for the F-35 program demonstrates the continued improvement of the program’s total affordability and reflects increasing confidence by the US Services in the program.
  • Stackley: Marines Set to Standup New F-35B Squadron in June

    Stackley: Marines Set to Standup New F-35B Squadron in June

    USNI News // March 24, 2016
    The Navy’s top acquisition official told a key congressional panel Wednesday that “Marines absolutely love this aircraft” and expect to be fielding a new squadron of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters in June.
  • F-35A Training Syllabus Advances Ahead of IOC

    F-35A Training Syllabus Advances Ahead of IOC

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 15, 2016
    Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing here successfully employed two laser-guided bombs March 3 at a nearby range, advancing the Air Force's F-35A training syllabus ahead of its initial operational capability.
  • Air Force Secretary Visits Luke AFB for More Insight on F-35 Ops

    Air Force Secretary Visits Luke AFB for More Insight on F-35 Ops

    Luke Air Force Base, Arizona // March 14, 2016
    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James met with Airmen to gain a better understanding of Luke Air Force Base’s mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities March 9-10.
  • Lightning II to Touch Down at Air Shows Around the World

    Lightning II to Touch Down at Air Shows Around the World

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 07, 2016
    The Lightning II qualified March 6 at the Heritage Flight Conference at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona to take part in the Air Combat Command Air Force Heritage Flight program.
  • First F-35A GBU-12 Load, 33rd FW

    First F-35A GBU-12 Load, 33rd FW

    Eglin AFB, 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 04, 2016
    The weapons drop was originally scheduled for late spring of this year, but innovation and persistence from 33rd FW pilots and maintainers allowed for an earlier launch of the munition
  • Rangers Exercise CAS with F-35A

    Rangers Exercise CAS with F-35A

    Eglin AFB, Florida // March 01, 2016
    Two F-35A’s teamed up with the 3rd Battalion to provide air support against simulated hostile targets in close proximity to the Rangers.
  • Hill’s F-35s Drop First Weapons

    Hill’s F-35s Drop First Weapons

    Hill Air Force Base, Utah // February 27, 2016
    Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings dropped laser-guided bombs at the Utah Test and Training Range this week, marking the first time an F-35 combat unit has employed weapons from the F-35A.
  • Trial F-35A Deployment Smooths Path for First Combat Squadron

    Trial F-35A Deployment Smooths Path for First Combat Squadron

    Flightglobal // February 24, 2016
    Six F-35A of 31st Test Evaluation Squadron have deployed to Mountain Home AFB in Idaho this month for an “operational deployment test” that will clear the way for 10 operational jets from the first combat-coded squadron, which will follow this summer.
  • ANALYSIS: Is it Live or is it Simulated? Only F-35 Knows for Sure

    ANALYSIS: Is it Live or is it Simulated? Only F-35 Knows for Sure

    Flightglobal // February 11, 2016
    Not only does the F-35’s full-mission simulator provide greater fidelity than previous generations of fighter trainers, it also compensates for the fact it is too expensive to equip every test and training range with the full complement of threats it would be likely to go up against.
  • F-35 Training at Luke AFB Gathers Pace with 34 Jets

    F-35 Training at Luke AFB Gathers Pace with 34 Jets

    Flightglobal // January 13, 2016
    The multinational pilot training centre at Luke AFB in Arizona has grown exponentially since receiving its first Lockheed Martin F-35 in March 2014, and that pace won’t let up in 2016 as the 56th Fighter Wing zips past 3,000 Lightning II sorties.