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Photos > SDD > F-35 Inauguration

On July 7th, 2006 the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was unveiled at the Lockheed Martin plant in Forth Worth, TX. In the ceremony to follow, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Mosley announced to the public for the first time that the F-35 would hence forth be known as the Lightning II.

Below are some photos from this ceremony. Click on any of the thumbnail images below and find a high resolution version of the same image in the pop-up window.

Officially dubbed the Lightning II, this piece of art was used to commemorate the event. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is presented for the first time at an inauguration ceremony at the Lockheed Martin plant in Ft. Worth, TX on 07 July 2006. The Lightning II is a 5th Generation, supersonic stealth fighter designed to replace a wide range of existing aircraft, including AV-8B Harriers, A-10s, F-16s, F/A-18 Hornets and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers. The F-35 will be the most powerful single-engine fighter ever made. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The F-35 Lightning II will be the centerpiece of airpower in the 21st century for America and our allies,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England at the inauguration ceremony of the F-35 Lightning II on 07 July 2006. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
At the inauguration ceremony on 07 July 2006 for the F-35 Lightning II, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley bestowed the name Lightning II on the F-35 and said "This aircraft represents the fruits of lessons learned over a hundred years of flight and aerial combat. We’re excited about bringing it into our inventory, and warfighters around the globe are excited about flying it in defense of freedom." Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The F-35 Lightning II AA-1 sits illuminated atop the stage at the Lockheed Martin Ceremony. defense of freedom." Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. spacer



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