“Weight on Wheels” for Norwegian Armed Forces’ First F-35
The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Norwegian Armed
Forces is standing with weight on wheels for the first time, a significant
milestone for the jet as it moves down the production line at Lockheed Martin’s
mile-long assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
Norway’s first F-35, known as AM-1, was lifted by an overhead crane on April 9 from an electronic mate and alignment station where its forward and rear fuselage sections were joined to the wing-center fuselage assembly. The aircraft will now travel to final assembly, where its control surfaces will be added, along with final systems and engine installation.
AM-1 is due to roll out of the factory later this year, alongside sister ship AM-2, and both aircraft will initially be based at Luke AFB, Arizona as part of the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 training system currently being established. A third F-35 aircraft for Norway is also in its early stages of production and will roll out of the factory next year.