Week of 10/17/2019

The 388th Fighter Wing Delivers Mission Readiness

This week, I want to share some positive customer feedback. The 388th Fighter Wing out of Hill Air Force Base announced that this summer nearly 70 F-35As conducted successful operations on three continents and in nine countries. These F-35s supported multiple combatant commanders and completed every mission.

“It was a team effort, and I’m proud of our folks. We’re focused on maintaining and improving every aspect of readiness – training, manning, and developing our people and tactics to meet current threats. Our maintainers are doing a great job providing the sorties we need to do just that.” said Col. Steven Behmer, the 388th Fighter Wing commander.

Highlighting this progress, the 388th Fighter Wing units hit a single day readiness high in September with two units above 90 percent mission capable and the third unit above 80 percent. This is a huge testament to the reliability and maintainability of the F-35, as well as to the expertise of the Air Force’s F-35 maintainers.

I want to thank the 388th Fighter Wing for sharing their excellence in the skies and I look forward to hearing more about your missions in the future.

The F-35 Arrives On Deck

Just ahead of operational trials with the U.S. military, the United Kingdom’s F-35Bs landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time this week.

The F-35Bs arrive ready for rigorous mission planning and flight testing to ensure the jets and carrier are operating together seamlessly.

This milestone signals a new era of capabilities for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth was built with the F-35 in mind and can carry up to 70 F-35s at one time and can lift four fighters from the hanger to the deck in just 60 seconds.

The upcoming operational tests follow last year’s successful trials with U.S. F-35s. During the trails, the F-35s conducted 500 takeoffs and landings over 11 weeks at sea. This next phase of testing brings the UK one step closer to declaring Full Operational Capability in 2020.

This is a tremendous milestone and it is great to see the UK’s F-35Bs ready for their next challenge!

Dana Emery Receives General Counsel Award

This week, I want to highlight an All In F-35 team member. Dana Emery came to Lockheed Martin last year and holds the role of Associate General Counsel for the F-35 program.

Last month, Dana received the Lockheed Martin General Counsel Award for Excellence. This prestigious award goes to just one attorney at each Lockheed Martin business area. I am proud that this year a member of the F-35 team brought home the honor.

She receives the award for her efforts and leadership on the “F-35-in-a-Box” software system. This is a suite of tools to assist the development of a simulated F-35 testing environment. Team Aero made significant strides to create this software and Dana and her team did their part to protect Lockheed Martin’s intellectual property.

Dana, this award is well-earned and thank you for your efforts to protect Lockheed Martin innovations!

Throwback Thursday: How About That Hover?

In the 1960s, we designed the Lockheed XV-4 Hummingbird. This aircraft was intended for the U.S. Army. The plane's goal was to provide vertical takeoff and landing battlefield surveillance capabilities. The Hummingbird joined a long line of VTOL aircraft.

Its first hover took place on May 24, 1963. The Hummingbird used the principle of jet augmentation, which took exhaust from the engines and additional air from outside the aircraft and ejected the mixture through vertically mounted fuselage nozzles. The aircraft was powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT12A turbojet of 3,000 lb. thrust each.

Although the Hummingbird never made it to prime time, its new thinking and innovations paved the way for future F-35B hovers in the future. 

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