Week of 9/26/2019

F-35 Prowls In Panther Beast Competition 

Last month, the Panther Beast Competition took place at Luke Air Force Base where Pilots and maintainers demonstrated the F-35s weapons capacity and mission readiness.

Pilots flew 50 miles to acquire and destroy 6 to 12 targets in 45 minutes. The most accurate pilot was crowned the "Panther Beast.”

Carrying weapons both internally and externally, the exercise showcased the F-35’s unique weapons capacity and flexibility. The F-35 can carry more than 18,000 pounds of total ordnance internally and externally, and in its full stealth configuration, the F-35 can carry about 5,700 lbs of payload.

The title of the competition comes from the F-35’s nickname amongst United States Air Force pilots and maintainers, who often call F-35, the Panther. This nickname stems from the F-35’s stealthy characteristics and its lethal ability to strike the enemy before the enemy knows it is there.

The Panther Beast Competition shows multiple teams coming together and is yet another example of the F-35 delivering exceptional capabilities to our customers. Great work to the team at Luke AFB!

FACTORS Keeps The F-35 Flying

When it comes to mission readiness, many factors keep the F-35 in the air. These include supply chain, logistics, engineering, field and depot support and more.

Today, I want to highlight a team that exemplifies what it means to Drive Change and Raise The Bar.

Speed is critical in sustainment and we must resolve aircraft issues quickly. With this in mind, our Information Technology team and the F-35 Operations Center came together to create the Fleet Aircraft Tactical Operations Reporting System (FACTORS). These tools automate the Fleet Status Report (FSR) daily and track the status of the F-35 global fleet. The resulting report provides critical information to sustain the F-35 fleet.

In the past, sustainers spent nine hours a day manually inputting data from the field to create the FSR. But, not anymore. FACTORS changes the game and allows the team to compile the report in two hours or less. This improves our ability to share crucial data throughout the fleet.

As our fleet expands, FACTORS is critical to ensuring we deliver More Readiness @ Less Cost. FACTORS reduces timelines, improves customer experience and most importantly keeps the F-35 in the air. Thank you to the team for your All In efforts. Job well done!

Throwback Thursday: Lockheed XR6O-1 Constitution

Last week, we celebrated Constitution Day. Many describe the Constitution as a living document, but I would argue the Constitution is a flying one too.

The Lockheed Constitution took to the skies just after World War II and served the U.S. Navy until 1953.

The Lockheed Constitution’s humble beginnings stem from a Pan Am proposal for an aircraft with greater range and passenger capacity. Lockheed, Pan Am and the U.S. Navy came together to engineer a new type of airplane with the ability to transport military cargo and soldiers overseas. The team completed the aircraft in just under 15 months.

Although the plane was only used for a few years the lessons learned gave way to the design and operation of the Lockheed C-130, C-141 Starlifter and the C-5 Galaxy.

Have a great week team and continue to engineer the planes of tomorrow!