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Peoria Chamber gathers troops to support F-35 mission at Luke

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Fighter Country

Tensions between F-35 jet supporters and skeptics will have another chance to boil over next week, as the Air Force will hold a series of scoping meetings to hear the public’s concerns. The public scoping process is intended to actively involve citizens and government agencies in helping identify the environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis of the F-35 at Luke. These meetings will provide residents with an introduction to the F-35 and its capabilities and mission. Specific information on how the F-35 will be integrated at Luke as a training facility will also be covered. Meetings are…

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The first two production F-35 fighters are in final assembly

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Fighter Country

The United States Air Force officially becomes the first F-35 Lightning II customer later this year, when the first of the stealth fighters is delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The delivery will initiate a massive recapitalization of the Air Force’s multi-role fighter fleet, and will usher in profound increases in capability, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) executive said Friday. “The first two production F-35s are in final assembly at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant, and the training wing at Eglin is primed to receive them and get their pilots in the seats,” said Steve O’Bryan, Lockheed Martin vice…

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F-35 STOVL expected to make first vertical landing soon

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Fighter Country

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.N) F-35 is expected to make its long-delayed first full vertical landing within the next week, a top U.S. Navy official said on Thursday. Captain Lawrence Burt, Commander of Carrier Air Wing Two, said officials testing the short takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL) version of the new radar-evading fighter needs to conduct a few more flights before doing the landing maneuver . “They’re three or four flights from a full STOVL vertical landing, which would be a huge step in the testing process,” Burt told Reuters after addressing…

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Pentagon Aggressively Reviewing F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Fighter Country

By Megan Scully CongressDaily February 17, 2010 Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter on Wednesday said he will continue to aggressively review and manage the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after a restructuring of the troubled program aimed at getting its cost and schedule back on track. Speaking at a conference sponsored by Aviation Week, Carter said plans to prolong and invest more heavily in the F-35′s development phase would put it on a path that is more “solid and realistic” and reverse “the schedule erosion” that has plagued the program. Carter, who spent weeks this fall reviewing the F-35, expressed confidence…

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Third F-35 Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter lands

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Fighter Country

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Feb. 17  – The jet, known as BF-3, took off near Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant at 9:51 a.m. CST and arrived at NAS Patuxent River three hours and 10 minutes later. BF-3 joins two other F-35Bs at the Navy test site, and will be used mainly to evaluate vehicle systems and expand the aircraft’s aerodynamic and structural-loads envelope. The airplane will also focus on weapons testing, and will carry and release most of the weapons the F-35B will use in combat. Two more F-35Bs will join the test operation in the near future….

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City of Surprise Supports the F-35 and the Sound of Freedom from Luke Air Force Base

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Fighter Country

In the last several months, there has been a flurry of public meetings, media coverage and varying opinions on the campaign to bring the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program to Luke Air Force Base (AFB). Unfortunately, there have been many opinions that were misconstrued as facts that could potentially hurt the opportunity to have Luke AFB chosen as the new JSF training base for the Department of Defense. As mayor of Surprise, I want to state my full support for bringing the F-35 training program to Arizona.  Surprise has more flyovers of aircraft than any other West Valley city…

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program will be delayed by about one year

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Fighter Country

Pentagon officials on Feb. 16 confirmed Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn’s announcement one day prior that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program will be delayed by about one year. The Pentagon’s No. 2 official said this week that the jet’s development schedule would slip between 12 months and 13 months despite an aggressive restructuring of the program that was announced earlier this month. “The development was originally projected to last an additional 30 months; we think with the additional test aircraft it will be closer to a delay of about 12 or 13 months, but I can’t give you…

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program revitalized by Sec. Robert Gates

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Fighter Country

Fixing the Pentagon’s dysfunctional procurement system takes more than just killing off anachronistic projects like the now-terminated F-22 jet fighter. It also requires rescuing vitally needed programs from poor military management and private sector cost overruns. That is why we are pleased to see Defense Secretary Robert Gates taking strong steps to revitalize the struggling F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. A cost-effective F-35 is critical to the future combat needs of the Air Force, Navy and Marines. The project already is years behind schedule and nearly 50 percent above its originally estimated cost. That is clearly too much, especially with…

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Lockheed Martin considering F-35 sales to India

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Fighter Country

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) US defence major Lockheed Martin Tuesday said it may consider selling the fifth generation fighter aircraft F-35 if approached by the Indian Air Force (IAF). “We will consider this if the IAF approaches us,” Orville Prins, vice president for Lockheed Martin India’s operation, told reporters at the sixth edition of Defexpo India. The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) is being developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co for the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and Britain’s Royal Navy. Beside the US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore and Turkey have…

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F-35 Cost and Schedule still unclear for Australia

Posted on February 15, 2010 by Fighter Country

The massive Joint Strike Fighter project is going to be delayed and cost more, the US Deputy Secretary of Defence Bill Lynn says. But Mr Lynn could not say by how much the cost overruns and delays would increase the price tag for the Australian government, which in November committed $3 billion to buy an initial batch of 14 yet-to-be-completed F-35 warplanes. Australia plans eventually to purchase 100 of the fifth-generation stealth warplanes at a cost of about $16 billion. “The development was originally projected to last an additional 30 months, we think with the additional test aircraft it will…

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