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  • Lincoln Completes First F-35 Carrier Qualification

    U.S. Navy // December 20, 2017
    The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway Dec. 7-11.
  • U.S.Navy’s Newest Fighter Jet F-35C

    U.S.Navy’s Newest Fighter Jet F-35C

    Fox 43 // November 27, 2017
    The U.S. Navy is is looking to the F35-C to become the future of air combat aircraft to eventually replace some of the aging legacy F18's. According to pilot Captain Rick Crecelius, the F35C is a fifth generation fighter jet jam-packed with technological upgrades. "It's indescribable. The leap in capability that is made
  • First Italian-Built F-35B Makes First STOVL Flight

    First Italian-Built F-35B Makes First STOVL Flight

    Cameri Air Base, Italy // October 31, 2017
    Lockheed Martin F-35 test pilot Paul “Hat” Hattendorf, flew BL-1’s first flight on Oct. 25. On Oct.30, during the third and final acceptance flight, Hattendorf successfully operated the jet in all STOVL modes, to include hovering over the runway
  • Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

    Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan // October 27, 2017
    Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 used their KC-130J Hercules aircraft to refuel F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and F/A-18C Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251.
  • USS Carl Vinson Conducts F-35C Flight Operations

    USS Carl Vinson Conducts F-35C Flight Operations

    USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs // October 24, 2017
    An F-35C Lightning II landed on and launched from Carl Vinson during day and nighttime operations, completing another step toward becoming an operationally capable aircraft.
  • F-35B Participates in Exercise Dawn Blitz

    F-35B Participates in Exercise Dawn Blitz

    F-35B Lightning II Carrier Qualifications // October 22, 2017
    ​The F-35B is taking part in Exercise Dawn Blitz aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2) off the coast of Southern California.
  • F-35A Arrives at Eielson for Testing

    F-35A Arrives at Eielson for Testing

    Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska // October 13, 2017
    An F-35A Lightning II landed at Eielson AFB Oct 12 to participate in testing several aspects of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft
  • 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.
  • Super Helmet

    Super Helmet

    Air & Space Magazine // August 30, 2017
    F-35 pilots get X-ray vision and other magic powers.
  • F-35A Ready for Action in the Pacific if Necessary, SecAF Says

    F-35A Ready for Action in the Pacific if Necessary, SecAF Says

    Military.com // August 28, 2017
    “We now just passed 100,000 flying hours with the F-35, and it is doing very well and in any contingency, if there were a problem, they’re ready to go — ready to go to combat,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon.
  • Airmen, Sailors Prepare to Support F-35 at Sea

    Airmen, Sailors Prepare to Support F-35 at Sea

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // August 22, 2017
    Two Petty Officers 1st Class from the USS Abraham Lincoln received initial training from the U.S. Air Force’s 33rd Maintenance Squadron’s Aerospace Ground Equipment flight here, Aug. 7-11, 2017
  • FNSB Regional Growth Plan Prepares for F-35 Squadrons

    FNSB Regional Growth Plan Prepares for F-35 Squadrons

    Web Center 11, Fairbanks // August 16, 2017
    The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon today to discuss the two F-35 jet squadrons arriving at Eielson Air Force Base, and how the community ought to prepare for their arrival.
  • New Pilot on Navigating F-35 Comms: ‘It Is Extremely Simple’

    New Pilot on Navigating F-35 Comms: ‘It Is Extremely Simple’

    DefenseTech // August 16, 2017
    “Operating between the systems is really easy. I don’t have engineers’ understanding of the systems, I couldn’t tell you how to design them, but I can tell you it is extremely simple,” said 1st Lt. Brett Burnside, who recently graduated the Air Force’s B-course at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
  • F-35As Fly in Weapons Evaluation

    F-35As Fly in Weapons Evaluation

    75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs // August 15, 2017
    Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings supported and flew their F-35A Lightning II aircraft during Combat Hammer, the first operational air-to-ground weapons evaluation for the Air Force’s newest fighter jets.
  • F-35C Integration into the Fleet

    F-35C Integration into the Fleet

    Rear Adm. Roy Kelly / Navy Live // August 04, 2017
    The F-35C Lightning II will introduce next generation strike-fighter aircraft capabilities to the Navy CVW.