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Lockheed’s F-35 program shuffled three executive positions Monday

Posted on May 3, 2010 by Fighter Country

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. shuffled three executive positions Monday, promoting Dan Crowley to chief operating officer of its aeronautics unit. The company said Crowley will be responsible for day to day functions of the division. For the last five years, he was general manager of Lockheed’s F-35 program. Taking over for Crowley on that program will be Larry Lawson. Lawson had been general manager of the F-22 Raptor program since December 2004. George Shultz, who had been the deputy manager of the F-22 program, will take over as general manager. The changes are effective…

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Pros & Cons of the F-35 JSF Chapter 2

Posted on April 30, 2010 by Fighter Country

If you missed Wednesday April 21, 2010’s NewsHour on PBS, watch Kwame Holman’s report on the controversial fighter below in five chapters. The Pentagon’s forthcoming warplane, the Joint Strike Fighter, is intended for use across the different branches of the military but has come under fire in Congress for skyrocketing costs and delays. Skeptics and defenders of the aircraft, which will be called the F-35, express their views in the following extended interviews. Author and journalist Bill Sweetman says for the first time the re-equipment plans of the U.S. fighter force is reliant on one program and one manufacturer: Chapter…

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Yuma voices concerns and support for F-35

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Fighter Country

Yuma, Arizona BY JOYCE LOBECK – SUN STAFF WRITER The future for Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is rapidly approaching as development of the F-35, the nation’s new joint strike fighter, moves forward. The air station is slated to become the first base to receive the very first of the new aircraft in spring of 2012, according to the “preferred option” and current time line, said Maj. James Combs, community plans and liaison officer for MCAS Yuma, during Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp.’s quarterly investors luncheon Tuesday. It all hinges on the record of decision, scheduled for December. In the…

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JEC Innovation Awards in the production of the F-35 stealth fighter

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

Lockheed Martin, Magestic Systems, Nikon Metrology Win Innovation Award for F-35 Program FORT WORTH, Texas, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), jointly with Magestic Systems, Inc. (MSI) and Nikon Metrology, has won a first-place JEC Innovation Award in composites manufacturing for technology used in the production of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter. The 2010 JEC Innovation Award was presented in Paris in recognition of the cured laminate compensation (CLC) process – an innovative composite manufacturing solution for achieving precision, as-built laminate thickness without costly post-cure machining. This new metrology-assisted process is used in the production of composite…

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Fixed price offer on F136 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

In response to cost overruns and schedule delays in major weapon programs, The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 was signed into law to mandate competition through the entire life of major defense programs — including funding competing sources. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program creates the perfect opportunity — a multi-role aircraft replacing numerous tactical fighter aircraft, with potential production for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines and international customers to reach 5,000 to 6,000 aircraft over 30 years. Without competing engines for the fighter, a $100 billion monopoly will be handed to a single supplier. The…

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Chapter 3: Winslow Wheeler says F-35 was doomed from the start

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Fighter Country

If you missed Wednesday April 21, 2010’s NewsHour on PBS, watch Kwame Holman’s report on the controversial fighter below in five chapters. The Pentagon’s forthcoming warplane, the Joint Strike Fighter, is intended for use across the different branches of the military but has come under fire in Congress for skyrocketing costs and delays. Skeptics and defenders of the aircraft, which will be called the F-35, express their views in the following extended interviews. Author and journalist Bill Sweetman says for the first time the re-equipment plans of the U.S. fighter force is reliant on one program and one manufacturer: Chapter…

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Chapter 4: Tom Burbage of Lockheed Martin defends the F-35 JSF from Critics

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Fighter Country

If you missed Wednesday April 21, 2010’s NewsHour on PBS, watch Kwame Holman’s report on the controversial fighter below in five chapters. The Pentagon’s forthcoming warplane, the Joint Strike Fighter, is intended for use across the different branches of the military but has come under fire in Congress for skyrocketing costs and delays. Skeptics and defenders of the aircraft, which will be called the F-35, express their views in the following extended interviews. Author and journalist Bill Sweetman says for the first time the re-equipment plans of the U.S. fighter force is reliant on one program and one manufacturer: Chapter…

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F-35 JSF Cost Under Fire in Congress

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Fighter Country

The Defense Department is waging a battle over the increasing price of its new stealth aircraft program. Kwame Holman reports on why the Joint Strike Fighter program, which was supposed to save the military money, is taking fire in Washington. Transcript below JEFFREY BROWN: Next: to the saga of a U.S. military plane that was designed to do more for less, but is now hitting headwinds. Congressional Correspondent Kwame Holman has the story… KWAME HOLMAN: It may look like any other fighter jet at Patuxent River Naval Air station, but the Joint Strike Fighter taking shape here is the Pentagon’s…

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Public Meeting about F-35 Training in Boise, Idaho

Posted on April 6, 2010 by Fighter Country

by Nishi Gupta KTVB.COM – News Channel 7 ****** BOISE — As the government decides where to house the new fleet of F-35 fighter jets, residents decide whether they want them in the Treasure Valley. The U.S. Air Force is considering storing the jets in Mountain Home and training the pilots at Boise’s Gowen Field. Supporters say it will bring money and jobs to the local economy. Critics are concerned what else will come in the tailwinds — noise. A concerned resident held a special meeting Monday night at Owyhee Elementary school in Boise. Monty Mericle decided it was time…

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F-35 Lightning II EIS Hearing in South Burlington Vermont

Posted on March 15, 2010 by Fighter Country

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Air Force officials, responding to a request from South Burlington officials, will meet with the public in April to discuss the local deployment of its newest — and probably noisiest — jet fighter, the F-35. City Manager Chuck Hafter said Friday that he’d confirmed the meeting for 7 p.m. April 19, but a location has not been finalized. The Vermont Air National Guard base at Burlington International Airport is one of five installations under consideration for hosting the fighter, which is thought to be several years away from deployment. However, Wednesday is the deadline for the public…

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