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2018 03 05 - 31st MEU F-35Bs Join USS Wasp for Historic Deployment
A detachment of F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, landed on the USS Wasp (LHD-1) here March 5,marking the beginning of the F-35B's first operational deployment with a MEU.

2018 02 20 - Successful F-35 drag chute test in Norway
While the U.S. Air Force is completing another round of cold-weather testing of the F-35A at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Norway completed a successful verification of the drag chute system...

2018 02 16 - Battlefield Airmen integrate with F-35, improve air ground dominance
During the F-35 Lightning II's pre-Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, Airmen from the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron had the opportunity...

2018 02 12 - President's Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget Request Calls for $686.1 Billion
The budget is a strategy-driven document that stresses the nation's primary goals: to defend the homeland...

2018 02 09 - LIGHTNING AND THUNDER: The F-35 and F-22 are teaching each other new tricks.
At the outset of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, there were high expectations that it would benefit from lessons learned from its elder stablemate, the F-22 Raptor, also made by Lockheed Martin...

2018 02 06 - 5th Generation Comms: What's being done to ensure the F-22 and F-35 can talk to each other ... and the rest of the Air Force?
The F-22 Raptor, the Air Force's fifth generation air superiority fighter, has been described as a "game-changer" in current Middle East operations, using its advanced sensors to see huge swaths of territory and steer coalition aircraft around threats...

2018 02 06 - JOTT conducts F-35 pre-IOT&E cold weather testing at Eielson
Due to its location, Eielson will be one of the harshest environments in which the aircraft will be stationed. It also makes it an ideal location for testing the F-35 in a cold weather environment...

2018 02 05 - F-35 Program Office Moves Up Implementation of Automatic Anti-Collision Avoidance System
The F-35 Joint Program Office announced it will implement anti-ground collision software into the fleet five years earlier than planned...

2018 01 30 - First operational Japan Self-Defense Force F-35A makes debut at Misawa Air Base
Blue skies and snowy mountains welcomed the first operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II during an arrival ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Jan. 26...

2018 01 29 - F-35 "Pre-IOT&E" Underway, Aimed At Expediting Testing
A half-dozen F-35 jets-two of each variant-deployed to Eielson AFB, Alaska, on Jan. 18 for cold weather testing ...

2018 01 26 - Luke F-35 seat modifications expand aviator pool
Since October 2015, pilots weighing less than 136 pounds has been restricted from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to concerns of possible neck injuries that could result during ejection seat procedures...

2018 01 26 - Italy's Ministry of Defense Takes Delivery of First F-35B Assembled in Cameri
On Jan. 25, 2018 Italy's Defense Ministry has taken delivery of the first F-35B Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II assembled outside the United States...

2018 01 23 - F-35 Pax River ITF expands expeditionary envelope for USMC
The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force team brings the U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B one step closer to initial operational test and evaluation as they wrap up testing of the F-35B STOVL envelope with sloped surface vertical landing tests...

2018 01 23 - New stealth fighter jet 'takes off'
At an event held at the Institute for Engineering and Technology, the Defence Secretary was joined by Members of Parliament and journalists to see what it is like to fly and land the pioneering fighter jet...

2018 01 03 - Stepping stone to F-35 interoperability
Members of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force visited the 48th Munitions Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England Dec. 19, to gain a better understanding of one of the weapons their incoming F-35B Lightning II aircraft will use...

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