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Hundreds of F-35 aircraft suppliers coordinate with Teamcenter

Posted on February 11, 2010 by Fighter Country

The first phase of F-35 collaboration linked 5,000 users at facilities with security safeguards to ensure compliance with USA International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). To date, more than 6,500 users across the extensive supplier…

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Community Support Key to Arrival of F-35 in Yuma

Posted on February 11, 2010 by Fighter Country

The Yuma community received some reassurance Tuesday that the Marine Corps Air Station will be at the forefront of military technology in the coming years.
A representative of the local base, Lt. Col. Geoffrey Olander, told a community support group that indications are that MCAS Yuma will get its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in May 2012…

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Luke Air Force Base anti-encroachment pact protects base for F-35 mission

Posted on February 10, 2010 by Fighter Country

from The Arizona Republic (opinions) State and county leaders put their competing interests aside and agreed on a pact that protects Luke Air Force Base from encroachment and improves the chances of landing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The agreement signed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Terry Goddard and adopted unanimously by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors largely prohibits new single-family development around the base, its auxiliary fields and other military installations. It ends years of legal wrangling by the state and county. The deal strikes a balance between property rights and protecting the $2.1…

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Idaho hopeful for new F-35 missions

Posted on February 9, 2010 by Fighter Country

Boise, Idaho — Local leaders are putting together a high-flying campaign to get a fighter jet to the Gem State and are hoping it’s an idea that will really take off. The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is looking for a home. The Air Force says need for the plane and all the people to run training for it would bring in 3,000 jobs and enough cash to fill a cargo plane. And Boise Chamber President Bill Connors likes the sound of that. “We think it’s a significant economic impact,” said Connors.  ”It’s about a billion dollars to support the economy, and that…

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Major F-35 training mission criteria requirement met by Luke Air Force Base

Posted on February 8, 2010 by Fighter Country

By Terry Goddard, Attorney General of Arizona The legal agreement to prevent residential encroachment around Luke Air Force Base and its auxiliary facilities represents a major victory for the citizens of Arizona. The settlement is significant in several respects: It brings Maricopa County into compliance with state laws enacted to protect military airports from encroaching development. Those laws were passed to safeguard not only state military installations, but also the health and safety of residents living nearby. It improves Luke’s chances to be chosen as a training base for the next generation of Air Force jets, the F-35 Joint Strike…

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Jacksonville hopeful for F-35 mission

Posted on February 7, 2010 by Fighter Country

A series of public meetings are set to gather more input. The Air Force will begin a series of open houses Monday as it decides if its newest fighter jet should be based in Jacksonville – a choice that might be vital to the future of the local fighter wing. Over the next year, the military will look at the environmental impact of putting F-35 Lightning II aircraft at a number of bases, including the Air Guard Station near Jacksonville International Airport. That facility, which employs about 1,000 people, now serves as a base for F-15s, one of the aircraft…

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Political pressure building for C-17′s, the alternative engine for F-35 and the F-22 Raptor

Posted on February 5, 2010 by Fighter Country

The U.S. Senate began debate on the 2011 defense budget Feb. 2 where debate left off on the 2010 budget last fall — on the C-17 cargo plane, the alternate F-35 engine and the F-22. President Obama wants to end C-17 production and cancel the alternate engine, but a lot of senators want to keep the programs alive, just like last year. And Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., wants to resuscitate the F-22 stealth fighter. But Defense Secretary Robert Gates seems determined to force a different outcome this year. “I’m fully aware of political pressure to continue building a C-17 and…

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F-35 Noise Concerns an action item for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Posted on February 5, 2010 by Fighter Country

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is asking the Air Force to provide complete information on the noise produced by the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which may be based in Tucson. In a letter to top Air Force officials, Giffords reiterated her strong support for basing the fighter jet in Tucson, but noted that constituents have expressed concerns about the noise of the plane. Providing noise information “will ensure that there is a full examination of the impact on any community that is being considered for basing of the F-35,” Giffords wrote in a letter to Air Force Secretary…

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F-35B Lightning II (STOVL) stealth fighter today became the fifth F-35 to begin flight operations

Posted on February 2, 2010 by Fighter Country

A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter today became the fifth F-35 to begin flight operations. One day after the secretary of defense commented about the F-35 program regarding its lack of performance on the F-35 joint strike fighter, Lockheed Martin got its fifth F-35 test airplane in the air Tuesday for the first time. The jet, known as BF-3, departed the runway near Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant at 4:02 p.m. CST for its first flight. During the one-hour sortie, F-35 Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley tested the aircraft’s handling qualities, engine…

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New F-35 program head named as Vice Admiral David Venlet

Posted on February 2, 2010 by Fighter Country

The Pentagon will name Vice Admiral David Venlet, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, to run its F-35 fighter plane program, an influential defense analyst with knowledge of the plan, said on Tuesday. Venlet will get the job after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he would restructure…

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