Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




AEROSPACE
Lockheed Martin Delivers Four F-35s To USAF And Marine Corps
by Staff Writers
Farnborough UK (SPX) Jul 11, 2012


The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.

With the delivery of four Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft since June 29, an important milestone was achieved as the Department of Defense now possesses more operational-coded F-35s than test aircraft. A total of nine F-35s have been delivered for the year, giving the DOD a total of 30 aircraft fleet-wide. Of these, 16 are operational aircraft and 14 are test planes.

"To date, the F-35 program has focused on system development and flight testing while most recently transitioning to low rate initial production," said Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general manager, F-35 program.

"We've crossed a critical threshold as we begin delivering our LRIP 3 aircraft. We're increasingly becoming more operationally focused. These deliveries illustrate the program's natural progression and maturation that is taking place on a daily basis."

The four aircraft, which were formally accepted by the Defense Contract Management Agency with the signing of Department of Defense Form 250 (DD-250), are the first jets manufactured as part of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 3.

They will begin ferrying to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in the coming days, bringing the total there to 16. The DOD has eight test aircraft at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and six test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Three of the jets are F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variants and will be assigned to the U.S. Air Force's 33d Fighter Wing.

One F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft will be assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501. Once at Eglin, the 5th Generation fighters will be used for pilot and maintainer training at the base's F-35 Integrated Training Center.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.

Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV8-B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least nine other countries.

.


Related Links
Lockheed Martin
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





AEROSPACE
Boeing, Embraer clinch new partnership
Sao Paulo (UPI) Jul 10, 2012
The Boeing Co.'s footprint in Brazil is set to increase with the announcement of yet another partnership between the U.S. aviation and defense manufacturer and Brazilian counterpart Embraer, in some ways rivals in the marketplace. Both sides revealed the new partnership at the Farnborough Airshow at Farnborough, England, currently the scene of aggressive marketing by global defense sell ... read more


AEROSPACE
ESA to catch laser beam from Moon mission

Researchers Estimate Ice Content of Crater at Moon's South Pole

Researchers find evidence of ice content at the moon's south pole

Nanoparticles found in moon glass bubbles explain weird lunar soil behaviour

AEROSPACE
NASA Mars images 'next best thing to being there'

Life's molecules could lie within reach of Mars Curiosity rover

Final Six-Member Crew Selected for Mars Food Mission

Opportunity Celebratres 3,000 Martian Days of Operation on the Surface of Mars!

AEROSPACE
Branson to take kids on first space tourist trip

Space for dessert?

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti set for ISS in 2014

Orion's First Test Flight Offers SLS a First Look at Hardware Operation, Integration

AEROSPACE
Shenzhou mission sparks 'science fever'

China Beats Russia on Space Launches

China open to cooperation

China set to launch bigger space program

AEROSPACE
ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers returns to Earth

First Annual ISS Research and Development Conference in Review

Three astronauts land on Earth from ISS in Russian capsule

ISS crew rests before return to Earth

AEROSPACE
ILS Proton Launches SES-5 For SES

Eutelsat and Arianespace pursue their longstanding collaboration with the signature of a new launch contract

Ariane 5 ECA orbits EchoStar XVII and MSG-3

ATK Unveils Unique Liberty Capability

AEROSPACE
The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Dust

Study in Nature sheds new light on planet formation

New Instrument Sifts Through Starlight to Reveal New Worlds

Planet-Forming Disk Turns Off Lights, Locks Doors

AEROSPACE
ESA's Clean Space targets orbital debris and greener environment

Metamolecules that switch handedness at light-speed

Satellite for SES Beginning Post-Launch Maneuvers

New reporter? Call him Al, for algorithm




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement