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F-35 Program Creates 26,000 Jobs in California

The San Bernardino Sun // August 19, 2015

Lockheed Martin told the story of its multi-role stealth fighter — the F-35 Lightning II — here Tuesday with cockpit simulation flights for elected officials and employees of local defense industry suppliers.

The event was held at Gentex Corp. here, which makes the F-35 Helmet shell, oxygen mask, a chemical/biological respirator, active noise reduction, Laser eye protection spectacles and other items.

The plant employs 160 in Rancho Cucamonga, said Robert McCay, vice president aircrew systems for Carbondale, Pen.-based Gentex Corp.

And a big part of the Lockheed Martin message was the F-35 support across California.

“There are more 26,000 direct and indirect jobs tied to the F-35 program in California ...” said Robert L. Rubino, director U.S. Navy F-35 program for Lockheed Martin.

The F-35 program has more than 1,300 suppliers in 44 states and Puerto Rico.

The warbird of the future will be the common air strike vehicle for all United States military branches and for many allies, Rubino said.

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