F-35 rollout strengthens Australian-U.S. partnership
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The unveiling of two new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft labeled AU-1 and AU-2 at the Lockheed Martin aviation facility in Fort Worth, Texas, marks the beginning of F-35 operations for the Royal Australian air force.
The Australian partnership with the U.S. has grown stronger with the delivery of the F-35s in addition to contributions from numerous countries around the world that aided in the building of this aircraft.
"In this case it takes a community of nations, it takes a community of companies, it takes a community of militaries and departments within the U.S. and around the world, and all of our partners," said Frank Kendall, Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics undersecretary. "It takes a community of industries to come together. This aircraft is a testimony to our ability to do that."
Photo by Lockheed Martin.