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Read F-35 news from publications around the world.

  • 500th F-35 Pilot Takes to the Sky

    500th F-35 Pilot Takes to the Sky

    Eglin AFB, Florida // October 05, 2017
    Maj. Chris Campbell, 461st Flight Test Squadron director of operations, is an F-16 test pilot with more than 1,000 fighter hours and 245 combat hours. He began F-35 fighter pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing this summer and became the 500th pilot to graduate the program.
  • New F-35A Squadron Stands Up at Hill

    New F-35A Squadron Stands Up at Hill

    Air Forces Monthly // October 03, 2017
    The 4th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Fighting Fuujins’ and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) received a first F-35A at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, last Wednesday, September 27.
  • F-35B Hot Loads With AIM-120’s

    F-35B Hot Loads With AIM-120’s

    MCAS Yuma, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing // September 25, 2017
    The exercise was a validation/verification conducted during Weapons and Tactics Instructors course 1-18. WTI is an exercise that takes service members from all over the world in a joint training exercise for mission readiness. WTI is hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron one.
  • F-35 Lightning II Update at ASC17

    Defense & Aerospace Report // September 19, 2017
    ​Jeff Babione, executive vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II program, shares a program update with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian during a Sept. 19, 2017, interview at the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show.
  • F-35 Pilots From UK and Europe Begin Coalition Interoperability Trials

    F-35 Pilots From UK and Europe Begin Coalition Interoperability Trials

    BAE Systems // September 18, 2017
    Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots teamed up with fellow F-35 pilots from Italy and the Netherlands to take part in the latest interoperability trials that see coalition forces flying F-35s in a simulated mission scenario with other UK military platforms across land, sea and air.
  • VMFA-121 Helps Prepare JASDF for F-35A

    VMFA-121 Helps Prepare JASDF for F-35A

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan // September 14, 2017

    Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 hosted members of Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Third Air Wing for an educational tour and class centered around the F-35A Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 13, 2017.

  • The F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force

    The F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force

    UK Ministry of Defence // September 13, 2017
    With the F-35B, the whole experience is much more controlled and predictable with the majority of the launch autonomous, allowing the pilot to focus on the mission ahead rather than being distracted by the launch.”
  • Lincoln Tests F-35C Lightning II at Sea

    Lincoln Tests F-35C Lightning II at Sea

    U.S. Navy // September 12, 2017
    The F-35C will introduce next generation strike-fighter aircraft capabilities to the Navy Carrier Air Wings, enabling the Carrier Strike Groups and numbered fleets to effectively engage and survive a wide range of rapidly evolving threats.