President Duda, Welcome to the F-35 Cockpit
Today I am writing to you from Poland where I am attending Miedzynarodowy Salon Przemyslu Obronnego, which means, International Defence Industry Exhibition, known to conference goers as MSPO.
Lockheed Martin and 600 other companies from 31 nations are together to discuss how to partner to meet rising global threats.
This week, I shared with our customers the F-35s transformational 5th generation capabilities and how our enterprise is reducing lifecycle costs, enhancing readiness rates and advancing tech to stay ahead of the threat.
At the show, we had the honor to welcome Polish President Duda to the cockpit of our F-35 Full Scale Model and our F-35 test pilot Scott “Shark” McLaren give him a firsthand look at the world’s most advanced fighter. This comes a few months after a historic F-35 White House flyover to commemorate his trip to the White House.
I am proud of Lockheed Martin’s 20-year Polish partnership and I am excited about the future. I want to thank everyone for their All In efforts to Keep Current Customers and Win New, as we show the world the 5th generation capabilities of the F-35.
Our British Partnership Reaches New Heights
Last week, our American and British partnership flew to new heights. Royal Air Force F-35Bs and the U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers trained together in Fairford.
This exercise is part of U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force in Europe, which sends American forces to train with our NATO allies.
“We’re delighted that the USAF and 501st Wing Bomber Task Force are here in the UK and that our F-35 Lightning pilots have the chance to fly alongside and train with the B-2 bomber crews. This is the first time that any other country has done this,” said Group Captain Richard Yates the Chief of Staff at the UK Air Battle Staff.
The B-2 unit comes from Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri and airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing and the 131st Bomb Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard.
“The beauty of our partnerships is that we get to understand how they see the world. Working alongside international 5th generation aircraft provides unique training opportunities for us, bolsters our integration capabilities and showcases the commitment we have to our NATO alliance,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rob Schoeneberg, Bomber Task Force Commander.
This is a strong symbol of our special relationship with the British. It is great to see our aircraft up in the skies and accomplishing complex training missions for our customers. Nice work team!
Fighters Assemble: Lightning Strikes in Wisconsin
This August, more than 1,000 personnel from 20 different units came together to practice at Volk Field in Madison, Wisconsin for Exercise Northern Lightning.
The combat exercise included F-35s, F-22s, F-16s, C-130Js and more – which enabled airmen to advance 4th and 5th generation integration
During the exercise, 58th Squadron Flight Commander Zachary Clements was asked to compare 4th generation aircraft to the F-35 and I loved his response, “It’s just a night and day difference, you can’t really compare the two. The best comparison is to look at vehicles that were made 35 years ago and think, would you want to still be driving that vehicle, or would you want to be driving a brand new vehicle.”
This exercise showed the value the F-35 is delivering to the warfighter – and was also an impressive display of American air power and fighter readiness. It is great to see our jets in the air and exceeding expectations. Have a great week everyone!