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2017 10 19 - Alaskan leaders visit Eielson to discuss the F-35A
Fifty-four F-35A Lightning II multi-role fighter aircraft are slated to arrive at Eielson beginning in Spring of 2020...

2017 10 18 - Air Force Fighter Squadron welcomes its first F-35A
Hundreds cheered the historic arrival of the 4th Fighter Squadron's and 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit's first F-35A...

2017 10 17 - Marines: An Institution of High Efficiency in Maintenance
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121's Aircraft Maintainers are keeping F-35Bs fit to fly during the seven weeks of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course despite high usage...

2017 10 13 - F-35A Arrives at Eielson for Testing
An F-35A Lightning II landed at Eielson AFB Oct 12 to participate in testing several aspects of the fifth-generation fighter...

2017 10 05 - F-35 Multilateral Symposium
The introduction of the premier fifth-generation fighter to the European area of responsibility brings with it state-of-the-arts sensors, interoperability...

2017 10 05 - 500th F-35 Pilot Takes to the Sky
The Air Force trained and graduated the 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot...

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2017 09 26 - Marines heat-up F-35B Hot Loads training with AIM-120's
Hot-loading is when an aircraft lands and has ordnance loaded while the engine is still running...

2017 09 18 - CSAF hosts POTUS during airpower demo
Lt. Col. Nick "Miles" Edwards, left, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein brief President Donald Trump on the F-35A Lightning II during the Chief's Airpower Demonstration...

2017 09 13 - VMFA-121 helps prepare JASDF for F-35A
The tour was an effort from the Marine Corps to share knowledge and experiences of the F-35B Lightning II with the JASDF...

2017 09 13 - Air Force supplements F-35 at Sea
Two Airmen and two Sailors from the aerospace ground equipment flight and the wheel and tire shop qualified Abraham Lincoln Sailors to operate F-35 support equipment, bringing the U.S. Navy one step closer to initial operations capability...

2017 09 11 - USS Lincoln Test F-35C Lightning II at Sea
The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) became one of the few ships in the fleet to trap and launch the F-35C Lightning II...

2017 09 08 - Fleet Readiness Center Southeast hits bull's eye with work on F-35 targeting system
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast became the first military depot to establish the capability to repair the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's advanced electro-optical targeting system...

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2017 08 31 - U.S. Fifth-Generation Fighters, Strategic Bombers Conduct Show of Force with Allies in Response to North Korea Missile Launch
The United States' newest and most advanced fighter, the U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II, joined U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers for the first time in a sequenced bilateral mission with Japan and Republic of Korea...

2017 08 18 - DoD Announces F-35 Global Warehousing Assignments
The Europe and Pacific warehousing assignments are time-phased...

2017 08 18 - F-35 Surge Toward End of Development Stage
The Block 3F version of the F-35A and F-35C are one step closer to initial operating capability...

2017 08 16 - Hill, Robins to provide F-35 software sustainment
The Air Force Sustainment Center is making plans to establish organic software sustainment...

2017 08 16 - F-35A Completes Air-to-Ground Weapons Evaluation
F-35As from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill AFB, completed the first ever operational...

2017 08 15 - F-35As Fly in Weapons Evaluation
Combat Hammer is one phase of the Weapons System Evaluation Program...

2017 08 07 - Fighter Pilots Graduate First F-35A Initial Qualification Course
The 61st Fighter Squadron made history graduating the first F-35A Lightning II initial qualification course...

2017 08 03 - F-35C Integration into the Fleet
As the first director for the Navy's F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Fleet Integration Office, I have...

2017 08 03 - F-35A, F-35B integrate during Red Flag 17-3
With the (F-35) A to B similarities, I can walk into mission planning, know what they have to offer and...

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2017 07 26 - B-2, F-22, F-35A and F-35B in First Red Flag Together
The 10 F-35Bs that deployed were a mix of aircraft with the 2B and 3i software...

2017 07 21 - Partners Seek Common Ground
The U.S. Air Force has yet to stand up a squadron of F-35s in Europe, but it's already working on how to integrate...

2017 07 21 - Eight nations set stage for F-35 in Europe
50 senior leaders from the European theater participated in an F-35 leadership forum...

2017 07 20 - F-35-A, F-35B Integrate at Red Flag
Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States, its allies, and coalition partners. More than 100 aircraft and 3,000 personnel participate...

2017 07 14 - Navy and Marine Corps to Deploy F-35B
This aircraft has a unique maintenance and support structure, and it is unlike any aviation weapon system presently in the Navy and Marine Corps inventories...

2017 07 12 - External Pylon Training
Removable pylons are used to secure external munitions under the aircraft's wings, greatly enhancing its combat capability...

2017 07 05 - Nellis AFB, Nevada Red Flag 17-3
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, salute each other after an F-35B Lightning II pilot landed at Nellis AFB...

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2017 06 28 - 1st Operational Squadron Receives Final Aircraft
The 34th Fighter Squadron and 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit have their full component of operational jets...

2017 06 26 - F-35B in Okinawa
Jets from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrived at Kadena Air Base in central Okinawa to become familiar with the airfield...

2017 06 26 - Two F-35's at Paris Air Show
U.S. made history when two F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at the Paris Air Show...

2017 06 21 - F-35A Air Show Debut
F-35A Lightning II from Hill AFB, Utah, performs a flight demonstration for an audience at the Paris Air Show...

2017 06 20 - Luke F-35s Return to Flight
Air Force announced the 55 F-35As grounded at Luke AFB, Ariz., to return to flight on June 21st...

2017 06 19 - U.S. Showcases F-35 Lightning II Aircraft at Paris Air Show
International Paris Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies...

2017 06 16 - F-35B Lightning IIs Ski Jump Testing
The F-35B F-35B Lightning IIs Ski Jump Testing at PAX River MD...

2017 06 09 - Temporary Cancellations at Luke AFB
The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, cancelled local flying operations today for F-35A Lightning II aircraft...

2017 06 07 - Hill Airmen generate 3,000th F-35A sortie, adopt upgraded ALIS
That sortie, and all others flown that day was carried out with the new version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System. Commonly called ALIS, it's the F-35A's information technology infrastructure...

2017 06 05 - The first Japanese-assembled F-35A
The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled out of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)...

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2017 05 31 - JASDF pilots graduate Luke's F-35 program
Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force pilots "Koku-Jieitai," become the first from their country to graduate the F-35 program...

2017 05 25 - Norwegian F-35A Lightning II successfully deploys chute
Norway's F-35A Lightning II successfully deploys its Drag Chute System during jettison testing at Edwards...

2017 05 25 - Norway's fifth F-35 Lightning II, touches down for the first time
The F-35 represents a new model of international cooperation, ensuring U.S. and Coalition partner security...

2017 05 25 - F35 JPO has a new PEO
Vice Admiral assumes responsibility as the new Program Executive Officer of the F-35 Joint Program Office...

2017 05 23 - F35 Crew Complete Heritage Flight Training
"We get to bring the F-35 to the public through the heritage flights which really honors the past and present of airpower,"...

2017 05 23 - F-35 Upgrades Raise Price in About 2022
The price of the F-35A-the Air Force version-will drop below $79 million within the next three years...

2017 05 17 - The Salty Dogs of VX-23's Pax River Integrated Test Force
Pax River completed airborne gunfire testing for the F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant...

2017 05 17 - Turning Points Convinced Bogdan F-35 Would Succeed
It wasn't until Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan had been F-35 Program Executive Officer for about 20 months...

2017 05 15 - Air Force to Release F-35 Weight Restrictions Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
Air Force leaders recently removed the restriction that kept pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A...

2017 05 09 - First Italian JFS STOVL Assembled at Cameri, Italy
The Roll-Out Ceremony for the first Short Take Off-Vertical Landing Joint Strike Fighter, F-35B Lightning II assembled entirely...

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2017 04 26 - SACEUR Visits RAF Lakenheath with Arrival of USAF F-35s
General Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander of European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, visited Airmen at RAF Lakenheath in conjunction with a deployment of F-35A Lightning II's...

2017 04 25 - F-35As deploy to Estonia for the first time
F-35As deploy to Estonia for the first time...

2017 04 19 - England F-35A Deployment Just Practice, Not a Message
The movement of eight F-35As to Lakenheath, England-the first overseas deployment of the Air Force's newest fighter-isn't meant to send any kind of political message...

2017 04 15 - F-35B F-35A deploys to Europe for the first time
F-35A Lightning IIs, Airmen and accompanying equipment arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15th, marking the aircraft's first overseas training deployment to Europe. . .

2017 04 07 - US, UK, and French Advanced Fighters to Train Together
USAF F-22s and F-35s, will fly with United Kingdom Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons, and French Air Force Dassault Rafales...

2017 04 06 - VMFA-121 conducts hot reloads
Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conducted hot-reload exercises at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan...

2017 04 04 - Proof of concept: First hot load of GBU-32 on F-35B
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, conducted hot loads with the F-35B Lightning II during the semiannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-17 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona...

2017 04 03 - Marine Osprey flies in to fuel up F-35B
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey descended on Edwards to link up with a Marine F-35B Joint Strike Fighter April 28...

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2017 03 30 - PACOM: U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Participate in Exercise with Korean Marines
Lightning II aircraft began conducting training this week in support of the Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP). . .

2017 03 28 - Let's Do More Shots
The F-35 program office is looking at adding capacity for another AIM-120 AMRAAM radar-guided air-to-air missile in each of the jet's two weapons bays. . .

2017 03 24 - F-35B U.K. Weapon Delivery Accuracy phase underway
The United Kingdom's F-35B Lightning II Weapon Delivery Accuracy (WDA) phase is underway as it conducts F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) integration trials in the U.S. during spring 2017. . .

2017 03 20 - 63rd Fighter Squadron receives its first F-35
The 63rd Fighter Squadron received its first F-35 Lightning II aircraft March 20, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz...

2017 03 20 - 461st FLTS tests U.K. weapons for F-35B
The 461st Flight Test Squadron recently conducted weapon delivery accuracy tests with two United Kingdom weapons...

2017 03 16 - Historic Pacific F-35 Symposium Concludes in Hawaii
Military senior officers from nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region gathered March 14 and 15...

2017 03 09 - PACAF F-35 Symposium
The F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft takes center stage during Pacific Air Forces' inaugural F-35 Symposium next week...

2017 03 01 - The Israeli F-35s
With stealth and electronic capabilities far surpassing Israel's other aircraft, the F-35 will introduce massive advances for the IAF...

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2017 02 23 - F-35s land in Japan, launch new aviation era
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conducts an aerial refuel while transiting the Pacific Northwest from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska...

2017 02 16 - F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says
An F-35 Lightning II performs a maneuver Sept. 12, 2016 over Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. This sortie marks the 10,000th flying hour for the F-35 program at Luke...

2017 02 10 - JASDF flies first solo mission
An F-35A flown by Lt. Col. Nakano, Japan Air Self-Defense Force national representative pilot to Luke, departs Feb. 7 on his first solo sortie at Luke...

2017 02 10 - F-35A stealth brings flexibility to battlespace
Stealth combined with the multirole capabilities of the F-35A is proving to be a game changer...

2017 02 08 - F-35's First B-course takes Flight
Student pilots in the Air Force's first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time...

2017 02 08 - Interoperability is key to F-35A combat success
The F-35 is designed to share what it sees with legacy aircraft, as well as other F-35s. A combination of stealth, electronic attack, information sharing, and other features...

2017 02 07 - Red Flag proves 'intense' for F-35A pilots
Red Flag 17-1 is living up to its reputation as a grueling and rigorous test of fighter pilot skills...

2017 02 03 - Agreement Reached on Lowest Priced F-35s in Program History
The bottom line is unit prices, including Jet, engine and fee for all three variants went down...

2017 02 03 - Red Flag Gives F-35A Its Toughest Test Yet
Red Flag 17-1 marks the debut of the conventional F-35A operated by the Air Force. After almost two weeks...

2017 02 02 - JSF pilot ensemble designed to keep out CB agents
461st Flight Test Squadron has now moved forward to testing a suit ensemble designed to protect the pilot from those threats...

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2017 01 30 - F-35A Lightning maintenance sparks Red Flag 17-1
Airmen involved with the F-35, Red Flag 17-1 provides a unique type of training that prepares them to be fully mission ready...

2017 01 23 - Red Flag 17-1 kicks off at Nellis AFB
Red Flag is important because of what it provides," said Maj. Jeffrey Falanga, 414th Combat Training Squadron director of operations. "It provides our training audience a realistic environment...

2017 01 20 - Hill fighter wings first to bring F-35A to Red Flag
Red Flag for the F-35A and the first large movement since the Air Force declared the jet combat ready...

2017 01 19 - Edwards test pilot first to reach 1,000 flight hours in Joint Strike Fighter
Lockheed Martin test pilot David "Doc" Nelson became the first pilot to achieve 1,000 flight hours in the F-35...

2017 01 18 - F-35B marks aviation first at JBER
There was a different tone to that sound Jan. 9 as the Marine F-35B Lightning II fighter jets joined the orchestra...

2017 01 17 - JPO Public Response Statement: DOT&E 2016 Annual Report on the F-35
JPO Public Response Statement: DOT&E 2016 Annual Report on the F-35 Attributable to Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer...

2017 01 10 - VMFA-121 departs for relocation to Japan
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017...

2017 01 09 - Marine Corps F-35Bs relocate to Japan
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan...



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