News: F-35C

  • Navy’s F-35C Completes Landing Tests Ahead of October Sea Trials

    Navy’s F-35C Completes Landing Tests Ahead of October Sea Trials

    USNI News // January 28, 2014
    The U.S. Navy’s carrier-based version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is nearing October sea trials after completing shore-based testing at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, to ensure compatibility with shipboard arresting gear.
  • Navy: F-35C Will Be Eyes and Ears of the Fleet

    USNI News // December 31, 2013
    The Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be the eyes and ears of the fleet inside highly contested airspace when it enters the U.S. Navy’s arsenal in large numbers in the 2030s.
  • New Sortie Record for Eglin F-35s

    New Sortie Record for Eglin F-35s

    Eglin AFB // December 05, 2013
    A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4.
  • F-35 on Track to Meet IOC Targets, Official Says

    Flight Global // November 14, 2013
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is on track to meet the US military’s planned initial operating capability (IOC) targets from late 2015, a senior programme official says.
  • Navy Stands Up F-35C Squadron at Eglin

    Navy Stands Up F-35C Squadron at Eglin

    Fort Worth, Texas // October 02, 2013
    VFA-101 will fly the Navy’s newest aircraft, the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, to perform the mission of training pilots and sailors to fly and service the aircraft fleet.
  • F-35: New Fighter Creates New Culture for 21st Century and Beyond

    Air Force News Service // September 24, 2013
    "I’ve never seen a pilot come back from his first sortie without a huge smile on his face. It’s something new, and programs like this only come around every 30 years or so, and to be on the ground floor – it’s the perfect time."
  • Eglin F-35 Fleet Exceeds 2K Sorties, Training Presses on

    Eglin F-35 Fleet Exceeds 2K Sorties, Training Presses on

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // August 15, 2013
    Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing here have consistently flown successful training sorties and generated their 2,000th sortie Aug. 13 with an instructor pilot of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 (VMFAT-501), at the controls.
  • First F-35C Reports to the Navy

    First F-35C Reports to the Navy

    Fort Worth, Texas // June 24, 2013

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Navy carrier variant (CV) aircraft, CF-6, arrived at Strike Fighter Squadron 101 located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on June 22. The jet is the Navy’s first 5th generation F-35 production aircraft.

  • Navy Receives First F-35C Lightning II

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // June 22, 2013

    The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

  • The Ford-Class Carrier, The F-35C and ‘Spider Web’ War At Sea

    Breaking Defense // May 15, 2013
    An aircraft carrier is nothing without aircraft, and a Navy aircraft is worth little without a carrier.

    It’s ships and planes in synergy that revolutionized war at sea in the 1930s and with new systems now entering service – the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter and the Ford-class carrier – they can do it again. On April…

  • First F-35C Production Model Takes Flight

    First F-35C Production Model Takes Flight

    Fort Worth, Texas // February 15, 2013
    The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6, raises its landing gear on takeoff for its first sortie Thursday.
  • Night Vision View of F-35C Lightning II Test Aircraft

    Night Vision View of F-35C Lightning II Test Aircraft

    Patuxent River, Md. // January 23, 2013

    NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND - An F-35C Lightning II, on a nighttime test flight, cuts through the skies over the Atlantic Test Ranges Jan. 23. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flew CF-5 for almost an hour, completing evaluation of the aircraft’s landing and taxi lights. (Lockheed Martin photo by Layne Laughter)

  • F-35C Completes First In-Flight Dual Refueling

    F-35C Completes First In-Flight Dual Refueling

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. // January 22, 2013

    For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant (CV) test aircraft refueled together with a Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules in the sky above Patuxent River, Md. The CV aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, completed the milestone as part of an F-35 flight test program that will accomplish more…