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  • How the F-35 Promotes Job Security During COVID-19

    How the F-35 Promotes Job Security During COVID-19

    August 12, 2020

    Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make its impact and the F-35 Program is no exception. At Lockheed Martin, we build the most advanced fighter in the world and we know we cannot do that without our employees and suppliers.

    Our customer's mission never stops, and neither does ours. To support them,…

  • Sealed & Delivered: Canada RFP Response Submitted

    Sealed & Delivered: Canada RFP Response Submitted

    July 31, 2020

    On July 31, the United States Government submitted its request for proposal response to the Canadian government for the Future Fighter Capability Project. In 2018, Canada officially began their competitive process to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet of CF-18 aircraft. The Canadian government plans to procure…

  • 617 Squadron Train with NATO Colleagues

    617 Squadron Train with NATO Colleagues

    July 23, 2020

    F-35B Lightning aircraft from 617 Squadron joined F16 and F-35 aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, F16s from the Royal Belgian Air Force and USAF F-15s from Lakenheath in a joint training exercise over the North Sea earlier this week.

  • Three Things to Know About F-35 Sustainment

    July 16, 2020

    At Lockheed Martin, The Flight Line is the Center of Gravity – where we deliver 5th Gen sustainment capabilities to ensure F-35 mission readiness, anytime and anywhere.

    The F-35 delivers transformational capabilities to the warfighter, with every aircraft delivery and every flight hour. The F-35 team continues to get…

  • 5th Gen Training for a 5th Gen Fighter: F-35 Distributed Mission Training is a Go!

    5th Gen Training for a 5th Gen Fighter: F-35 Distributed Mission Training is a Go!

    July 01, 2020

    An F-35 pilot at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, enters the F-35 Full Mission Simulator to conduct a training mission. At the same time, more than 5,000 miles away at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, an F-16 pilot settles into an F-16 simulator to participate in the same training exercise. For the first time, the two will…

  • Female Airmen Deployed from Hill Team Up for Historic Combat Launch

    Female Airmen Deployed from Hill Team Up for Historic Combat Launch

    June 18, 2020

    Historically, Air Force fighter pilots and maintainers were male, but the future looks a lot different as more and more females join the ranks of these career fields and make history while they do it.

    Recently, Capt. Emily "Banzai" Thompson, an F-35A Lightning II pilot, deployed from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air…

  • F-35 Deployment Returns Home

    F-35 Deployment Returns Home

    May 14, 2020
    The first wave of aircraft and personnel from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings returned home after a six-month deployment in the Middle East. The squadron was the first F-35 Immediate Response Force deployment.
  • Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Sign 2020 F-35 Sustainment Contract

    Lockheed Martin // January 06, 2020
    The F-35 Joint Program Office has awarded the Lockheed Martin industry team a $1.9 billion contract to support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet, while improving mission readiness and further reducing costs.
  • Air National Guard Receives its First Two F-35 Aircraft

    Air National Guard Receives its First Two F-35 Aircraft

    September 19, 2019

    The United States Air National Guard ushered in a new era of air power capability today as its first F-35s arrived at the Vermont Air National Guard Base in Burlington.

    “The arrival of the F-35 is a significant milestone for the Green Mountain Boys of the Vermont Air National Guard and state of Vermont. The incredible…

  • The F-35: Lethal. Survivable. Connected.

    September 10, 2019
    Watch the all-new F-35 commercial! The F-35 is always a step ahead. And to keep it moving onwards and upwards, we've unveiled the all-new F-35 commercial for your viewing pleasure. Watch it today and witness the awesome power of this amazing aircraft.
  • First Female F-35B Pilot

    First Female F-35B Pilot

    August 12, 2019

    Story via U.S. Marine Corps

    U.S. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz left her legacy on the Marine Corps’ F-35B Program when she became the first female Marine to complete the F-35B Basic Course, June 27.

    Flying is nothing new to Satz—prior to joining the Marine Corps she earned her commercial pilots license flying a Robinson…

  • Record-setting First Sortie for Wing’s Newest F-35A

    Record-setting First Sortie for Wing’s Newest F-35A

    August 06, 2019

    Story via U.S. Air Force 388th Fighter Wing

    The 388th Fighter Wing set a speed record for bringing online a newly-delivered aircraft last week, flying a local sortie less than five hours after accepting delivery of its 68th F-35A Lightning II.

    Aircraft 5261 left Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, production facility a…

  • Hill Airmen Expand F-35A Combat Capability in Rapid Forge

    Hill Airmen Expand F-35A Combat Capability in Rapid Forge

    July 19, 2019

    This week, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s fighter wings forward deployed the F-35A Lightning II to several locations in Europe as part of a joint readiness exercise.

    So far, Operation Rapid Forge has seen F-35As, F-15E Strike Eagles, and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft work together to land, refuel and re-arm with…

  • F-35A to Participate in ‘Gunfighter Flag’ Exercise

    F-35A to Participate in ‘Gunfighter Flag’ Exercise

    July 12, 2019

    The 34th Fighter Squadron, from Hill Air Force Base’s 388th Fighter Wing, will fly the F-35A Lightning II alongside other Air Force units in Gunfighter Flag here next week.

    The exercise, similar to larger combat exercises like Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada, will bring together various Air Force aircraft into a joint…

  • Largest Off-station F-35A Operation to Date

    Largest Off-station F-35A Operation to Date

    July 11, 2019

    Since May 30, the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron has been flying out of Mountain Home in what has been the largest off-station F-35A Lightning II operation to date.

    The squadron, normally stationed at Hill AFB, Utah, is functioning as a detachment with about 300 Airmen in operations, support and…

  • US, Italian F-35 Aircraft Train Together in Italy

    US, Italian F-35 Aircraft Train Together in Italy

    July 03, 2019

    U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft conduct bilateral training with Italian air force F-35s over Italy, July 2, 2019. The U.S. F-35s are deployed to Europe from the 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to conduct training with NATO allies and partners allowing U.S. forces to…