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  • 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.
  • F-35A, F-35B Integrate at Red Flag

    F-35A, F-35B Integrate at Red Flag

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada / 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // July 21, 2017
    The 33rd Fighter Wing and Marine Attack Squadron 221 are participating in the first combat exercise with Air Force F-35As and Marine Corps F-35Bs operating simultaneously during Red Flag 17-3, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
  • Luke to Resume Local F-35A Flying Operations

    Luke to Resume Local F-35A Flying Operations

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // June 20, 2017
    No specific root cause for the physiological events was identified during recent visits from experts and engineers from the Joint Program Office, Lockheed Martin, the Air Force Research Laboratory and other organizations.
  • F-35As Deploy to Estonia for the First Time

    F-35As Deploy to Estonia for the First Time

    USAFE-AFAFRICA // April 25, 2017
    Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and approximately 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, today, from RAF Lakenheath, England.
  • Three “Adir” (F-35I) Jets Land in Israel

    Three “Adir” (F-35I) Jets Land in Israel

    The Israeli Air Force / Carmel Stern & Zohar Boneh // April 24, 2017
    The “Adir” (F-35I) is an advanced fifth generation multirole stealth fighter. Its advanced capabilities make it a first rate strategic asset for the IAF, the IDF and all of Israel. “
  • F-35C Targeting System Guides Weapon to Moving Target

    F-35C Targeting System Guides Weapon to Moving Target

    Edwards AFB, California / 412th Test Wing Public Affairs // April 20, 2017
    The F-35 Integrated Test Force recently performed another first-of-its-kind test when the aircraft released a laser-guided bomb against a moving target.
  • Luke AFB’s 10,000th F-35 Sortie

    Luke AFB’s 10,000th F-35 Sortie

    Luke AFB, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // April 01, 2017
    Lt. Col. Robert Miller, 62nd Fighter Squadron pilot, lands the 10,000th F-35 Lightning II training sortie at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz March 29, 2017. The 5,000th training sortie was flown in May 2015 marking more than 5,000 sorties flown in 10 months as Luke continues to build the future of air power. (U.S. Air Force phot
  • F-35’s UK Arrival Moves Closer with £80m Contract Award

    F-35’s UK Arrival Moves Closer with £80m Contract Award

    March 31, 2017
    Readiness for the arrival of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II jets took another step forward with the awarding of a contract by the US Department of Defense F-35 Joint Program Office worth more than £80m (US$102.2m) to Lockheed Martin to deliver the initial training, engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the UK
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron Receives its First F-35

    63rd Fighter Squadron Receives its First F-35

    Luke AFB, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 20, 2017
    Since the first arrival of the F-35 in 2014, the program at Luke has rapidly matured and is approaching its halfway point with the 63rd FS’s first jet.
  • FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    Luke AFB, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 17, 2017
    Student and instructor pilots working under the Foreign Military Sales program reached a historic milestone today when they flew their 100th sortie here at Luke Air Force Base.
  • F-35 Stealth Fighter Touted as the Tie that Binds Pacific Alliance

    F-35 Stealth Fighter Touted as the Tie that Binds Pacific Alliance

    Stars and Stripes // March 16, 2017
    The two-day symposium on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter served as the first loop in a knot “to more quickly mature the airplane” among Pacific allies, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Craig Wills, director of strategy, plans and programs for U.S. Pacific Command, on Tuesday.
  • Ogden ALC Completes F-35 Milestone

    Ogden ALC Completes F-35 Milestone

    Ogden Air Logistics Complex // March 15, 2017
    The Ogden Air Logistics Complex accomplished another "first" in support of the F-35 Lightning II program.
  • A Pilot’s Perspective on the F-35’s Dominance

    A Pilot’s Perspective on the F-35’s Dominance

    Scout Warrior // March 08, 2017
    The Air Force's new F-35A multi-role, stealth Joint Strike Fighter brings an unprecedented ability to destroy targets in the air, attack moving enemies on the ground and beam battlefield images across the force in real time, an Air Force pilot told Scout Warrior in a special interview.
  • Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    March 08, 2017

    The U.S. Marine Corps has adjusted the number of F/A-18 Hornet squadrons on rotating deployments to Japan with the arrival of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to that country, according to the Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation.

  • Nomads Fire First Missiles

    Nomads Fire First Missiles

    33rd Fighter Wing // February 02, 2017
    The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an operational F-35A during a weapons system evaluation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Jan. 31, 2017,
  • Air Force Releases Candidate Installations for Next F-35A Bases

    Air Force Releases Candidate Installations for Next F-35A Bases

    Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs // December 07, 2016
    The candidate bases include: Dannelly Field Air Guard Station, Montgomery, Alabama; Gowen Field AGS, Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville AGS Florida, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Detroit, and Truax AGS, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Magellan Aerospace Signs Agreement for F-35 Lightning II Assemblies

    Magellan Aerospace Signs Agreement for F-35 Lightning II Assemblies

    Seapower Magazine // October 27, 2016
    Magellan Aerospace will be producing F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies under an agreement with BAE Systems, Magellan announced in an Oct. 27 release. The agreement is the continuation of annual contract awards made to Magellan by BAE Systems for F-35 assemblies, valued at more than $52 million over a two-year per
  • F-35 Fix

    F-35 Fix

    Inside Defense // October 21, 2016
    The program will begin fielding the fix on production aircraft in December.
  • Reservists Help Keep F-35 Stealthy

    Reservists Help Keep F-35 Stealthy

    419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // October 13, 2016
    When the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th FW received the Air Force’s first operational F-35s in September 2015, they took responsibility for not only flying the jets, but also keeping them in top condition.
  • Norway Voices Support for F-35 in Budget Proposal

    Norway Voices Support for F-35 in Budget Proposal

    Fort Worth Star Telegram // October 11, 2016
    ​Norway’s defense department — which has always said it planned to buy 52 planes — told its parliament in a 2017 budget proposal that it plans to purchase 12 planes in the 2019 and 2020 “block buys,” making it the first international partner to make such a multiyear purchase, an official said.
  • Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Military.com // October 11, 2016
    The unit, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, California, will team up with Yuma-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 for a variety of training evolutions before the units deploy together to the Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit next year.
  • Marine Corps’ Joint Strike Fighter Prepares for Combat

    Marine Corps’ Joint Strike Fighter Prepares for Combat

    National Defense Magazine // August 18, 2016
    ​During Red Flag 16-3 — an advanced aerial combat training exercise — the aircraft participated in a series of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, Marine Corps officials said.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Red Flag Firsts

    Red Flag Firsts

    Air Force Magazine // July 19, 2016
    ​The US-only iteration of the 2016 Red Flag exercises is underway, with two unique features.
  • 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

    2016 Farnborough International Airshow

    July 16, 2016
    The Farnborough International Airshow combines a five-day tradeshow with a two-day public airshow that displays some of the world's premiere military and commercial aircraft.
  • Pentagon Unveils New Cost-Cutting Initiatives for F-35 Fighter Jet

    Pentagon Unveils New Cost-Cutting Initiatives for F-35 Fighter Jet

    Reuters // July 11, 2016
    The U.S. Defense Department on Monday extended by two years a project that has cut the cost of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter plane by more than $1 million per jet, and kicked off a similar project to cut operating and maintenance costs.
  • Phase II Cost Reductions Announced at Farnborough 2016

    Phase II Cost Reductions Announced at Farnborough 2016

    Farnborough International Airshow // July 11, 2016
    The initiatives are built upon the U.S. Government’s Better Buying Power initiatives, which encourage defense contractors and the USG acquisition community to determine new and innovative ways to reduce the cost of their goods and services.
  • First Israeli F-35 Unveiled

    First Israeli F-35 Unveiled

    Jane's Defence Weekly // June 23, 2016
    Lockheed Martin unveiled the Israeli Air Force's first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on 22 June during an official ceremony at the company's Fort Worth production facility in Texas.
  • Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First Israeli F-35A

    Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First Israeli F-35A

    Defense Daily // June 22, 2016
    Lockheed Martin unveiled the first F-35A Joint Strike Fighter for the Israeli air force during a ceremony Wednesday at the company’s jet manufacturing facility in Ft. Worth, Texas.
  • Dutch F-35 Deployment Yields Strong Results

    Dutch F-35 Deployment Yields Strong Results

    Flightglobal // June 08, 2016
    With the arrival of the Netherlands’ two Lockheed Martin F-35As on 23 May, Dutch defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert fulfilled her promise to show the nation the replacement for its ageing Lockheed Martin F-16s.
  • 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.
  • First Results from F-35 Noise Perception Flights In

    First Results from F-35 Noise Perception Flights In

    Netherlands Ministry of Defence // May 27, 2016
    The F-35 flew in the afternoon and early evening, including an afterburner take-off, which was requested by the residents, the F-35 flew profiles alongside an F-16 - as they would normally do from both bases.
  • F-35: Second Flight from Cameri to the USA

    F-35: Second Flight from Cameri to the USA

    Italina Ministry of Defence // May 19, 2016
    Two Italian Air Force F35A Lightning II have taken off today from Cameri Air Base. After a stop-over in Lajes (Azores) they will land at Luke AFB, Arizona
  • 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.
  • Marine Osprey Flies in to Fuel Up F-35B

    Marine Osprey Flies in to Fuel Up F-35B

    412th Test Wing Public Affairs // May 02, 2016
    This was the first time an MV-22 has refueled an F-35. Both ground refueling and air-to-air refueling are important pieces to the Marine Corps' MAGTF operational construct.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Norwegian Pilot Counters Leaked F-35 Dogfight Report

    Norwegian Pilot Counters Leaked F-35 Dogfight Report

    Flightglobal // March 02, 2016
    A Norwegian fighter pilot has published a soft rebuttal to a damaging critique leaked last summer about the Lockheed Martin F-35A’s dogfighting prowess, contradicting many of the critical points made in the scathing review written by another test pilot.
  • 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.
  • First Air National Guard Airman Graduates F-35 Intel School

    First Air National Guard Airman Graduates F-35 Intel School

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // February 23, 2016
    Capt. Christopher Clements, 158th Operations Support Squadron intelligence officer, graduated Feb. 11, 2016, with seven other Airmen and U.S. Marines qualified in F-35-specific intelligence.