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Confidence Grows in Australian F-35A Program

Defense News // January 27, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA AND FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Australia’s program to replace its F/A-18A/B Hornet fleet with F-35A joint strike fighters will achieve a significant milestone in July when the first aircraft rolls off the assembly line, followed by the second four weeks later.

On Dec. 13, that first aircraft transitioned from the Electronic Mate and Assembly System to the final assembly line at Fort Worth. It marked the first time the aircraft had stood on its own wheels.

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