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Valley company already benefitting from Military’s Newest F-35 Fighter Jet

Posted on February 1, 2010 by Fighter Country

Honeywell Aerospace, headquartered in Phoenix, provides critical technology for approximately 14 aircraft systems on the F-35, including the power and thermal management system. This first-ever integrated system combines auxiliary power, environmental controls, engine start and emergency power into a single system with significant weight savings for the aircraft.

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Lockheed Strengthening Fuselage in Navy’s F-35 Model

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Fighter Country

By Tony Capaccio Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — Lockheed Martin Corp. is fixing a structural weakness in the Navy version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that limits the jet’s ability to launch from aircraft carriers, according to a company spokesman. Engineers in July discovered a “strength shortfall” in an aluminum structure in the aircraft’s center fuselage that helps absorb stresses during a catapult takeoff, Lockheed spokesman John Kent said today in an e-mailed statement. “U.S. Navy and program office engineers were apprised immediately and have been directly involved in approving design updates,” Kent said. “A modification is already approved and…

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2011 budget will seek nearly $11 billion for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Fighter Country

By John T. Bennett – Staff writer The Pentagon’s 2011 budget will seek nearly $11 billion for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, while also putting $4 billion toward a new long-range bomber and boosting funds for special operations forces, according to a draft overview of the spending request obtained by Defense News. The Obama administration’s 2011 Pentagon spending request follows a tumultuous 2010 Pentagon budget process that saw Defense Secretary Robert Gates cancel, restructure or otherwise alter about 50 major U.S. weapon programs. Due to be sent to Congress on Feb. 1, the new budget will call for the termination…

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F-35 public information sessions for Jacksonville Air National Guard Station in Florida

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Fighter Country

Air Force officials will visit Florida and Southeast Georgia to receive public input on the F-35 joint strike fighter during a series of meetings beginning Feb. 8. The Air Force is gauging the potential environmental impact of establishing an F-35 A Lightning II unit at Jacksonville Air National Guard Station or four out-of-state bases. It’ll relate to land use, airspace and safety, air and water quality, noise, socioeconomics, biological and cultural resources and cumulative actions. The F-35 is a next generation, stealth capable air-to-ground fighter designed to replace the service’s aging fleet of F-15 and F-16 “legacy” aircraft. A decision…

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Vermont Air Guard being considered for the new F-35 fighter jet

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Fighter Country

With the Vermont Air National Guard among the contenders to receive new fighter jets, Raymonde Perron of Winooski asked the pilots whether they could keep the noise down when they fly overhead. Perron and LaMothe attended an open house Monday at the O’Brien Community Center

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West Valley cities near Luke make sacrifices to ensure freedom for all Americans

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

Much has been written about the city of El Mirage since city leaders traveled to Washington D.C. in March to petition the federal government for $400 million, claiming economic harm due to its proximity to Luke Air Force Base. Officials from other West Valley cities were surprised after learning about El Mirage’s monetary request to the federal government since communities around the base have historically worked closely together for decades to protect and preserve the training mission of Luke. The region has enjoyed a positive relationship with the Air Force’s largest F-16 training base since the facility opened as Luke…

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Support Building for Statewide F-35 Luke Forward Campaign

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

Statewide support is rapidly building for Luke Air Force Base and the new F-35 training mission since Gov. Jan Brewer and West Valley mayors launched the Luke Forward campaign.

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Public F-35 Meetings in Tucson

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

These public scoping meetings are in an open house format. They will run from 6PM. to 9PM each day. Tuscon residents will have an opportunity to discuss the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) . Attendees at the meetings also will get an introduction to the F-35, its capabilities and mission Monday, March 1, at Sunnyside High School Foyer/Auditorium, 1725 E. Bilby Road, Tucson, Arizona; Tuesday, March 2, at San Carlos High School Cafeteria, Milepost 270 Highway 70, San Carlos, Arizona; Wednesday, March 3, at Easter Arizona College Gila/Galiuro Room, Activities Center, 1014 N College Avenue, Thatcher, Arizona; Thursday, March 4, at…

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Flies in United Kingdom

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Jan. 27 — A Royal Air Force officer on Tuesday became the first active-duty service pilot from the United Kingdom to take to the skies in a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). RAF Squadron Leader Steve Long piloted BF-2, the second short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B, over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., logging the aircraft’s 18th mission.  Long departed at 9:55 a.m. EST and flew the aircraft to 20,000 feet, before landing 1.3 hours later. Both the RAF and the Royal Navy plan to operate the F-35B. “Flying the F-35 was exactly like the simulators that…

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Davis County Commission Letter Supports F-35 Squadron to Hill Air Force Base

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Fighter Country

By Bryon Saxton (Standard-Examiner Davis Bureau) FARMINGTON — A letter of support drafted by the Davis County Commission to bring the F-35 squadron to Hill Air Force Base was approved Tuesday. The letter will now be sent on to the Utah Defense Alliance, which is compiling information it can send to those U.S. Air Force representatives who are involved in making the decision. “As the Davis County Commission we acknowledge the vital nature of the mission of Hill Air Force Base and the critical component of the fighter squadron in both protecting our freedoms as well as being a major…

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