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2015 12 21 - F-35 Lightning II Program Meets 2015 Aircraft Delivery Goal
The Department of Defense accepted its 45th F-35 Lightning II aircraft delivery for 2015 meeting the program production goal for...

2015 12 21 - Luke F-35 team competes for first time in load crew competition
A Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II crew competed for the first time in a load crew competition Dec. 18 against...

2015 12 18 - F-35 intelligence training board outlines future
The first joint service Intelligence Realistic Training Review Board (IRTRB) convened Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the 33rd Fighter Wing to review and modify existing...

2015 12 16 - Norwegian F-35 flies under Norwegian command for the first time
Maj. Morten Hanche, a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 Lightning II student pilot training with the 62nd Fighter Squadron...

2015 12 15 - First Japanese-built F-35 Begins Assembly
The first F-35A Lightning II aircraft began its assembly today at the Nagoya, Japan...

2015 12 14 - Marine Corps Exercise tests F-35B capabilities
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. James Bardo Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 briefs Col. William Hooper ...

2015 12 10 - Adding Lightning to Steel Knight
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron...

2015 12 03 - First Internationally Built F-35 is Delivered to Italy
The first delivery of an F-35 outside the United States happened December 3 at the F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility...

2015 11 16 - Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35
As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the Airmen tasked with...

2015 11 12 - F-35A enters BAF for first time to undergo electromagnetic effects tests
An F-35A Lightning II entered the Benefield Anechoic Facility for the first time Sept. 14. The aircraft is undergoing...

2015 11 10 - Norway's first F-35 sortie, jets arrive on air force's birthday
The first two Norwegian F-35s arrived today at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Shortly after, a Norwegian pilot flew the...

2015 11 05 - F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships
Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking...

2015 11 04 - F135 engine testing benefits F-35 fleet
The full hot-life capability of Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine, which is used in the F-35 Lightning II, was successfully demonstrated during...

2015 10 30 - F-35A Lightning II Completes first Successful Aerial Gun Test
The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during...

2015 10 23 - First USMC student selected to fly F-35B earns his wings
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Taylor Zehrung, from Seattle, a Student Naval Aviator with Training Squadron (VT) 22 located at...

2015 10 14 - Hill commemorates new era in combat airpower
Base officials and the Top of Utah community officially welcomed the F-35 Lightning II at a ceremony here...

2015 10 08 - WWII flying ace encounters new generation of aircraft
The World War II flying ace looked wide-eyed at the instrument panel of an F-35 Lightning II simulator, as a pilot hovered the...

2015 10 02 - F-35C Lightning II Flexes Sea Legs, Boards USS Eisenhower for Second Phase of Developmental Test
Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variants conducted their first arrested landings aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) off the coast of...

2015 09 25 - First refuel for RAAF KC-30A refueller to F-35A
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) completed the first fuel transfer with the air refuelling boom from...

2015 09 23 - F-35C conducts first external weapons release with not one, but four 500-pound bombs
For the first time an F-35 released an external weapon from its wings, not once, but four times during an external weapons separation test...

2015 09 22 - Norway Receives First F-35A
The Government of Norway received their first F-35A Lightning II during an formal roll-out ceremony at...

2015 09 10 - F-35 ITF and Italian Air Force KC-767 'fuel' the way for AR milestone
Italy's F-35 program achieved two recent milestones with the completion of the first aerial refueling certification between an Italian Air Force KC-767A tanker with...

2015 09 08 - Italy's first F-35 takes flight
Italy's first F-35A Lightning II, known as AL-1 and assembled at the Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility, flew for the first time today...

2015 09 03 - Bogdan shines light on F-35 program
The American Flag hangs from the draps over two F-35 Lightning II's as florescent light fills the hangar...

2015 09 03 - F-35C Detachment Visits NAS Fallon For the First Time
F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft assigned to the "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, homeported at...

2015 09 03 - First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB
The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2, 2015, as Hill Air Force Base received the service's first two operational F-35As...

2015 09 03 - F-35 sustainment official visits Robins
When the Marines declared initial operational capability of its F-35B Lighting II July 31, it was a major milestone for the multi-service Joint Strike Fighter Program that's been in development...

2015 08 31 - Top F-35 program officer visits Integrated Test Force
Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan visited the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force Aug. 26 to receive a 461st Flight Test Squadron test...

2015 08 27 - A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing
A-4 Skyhawks have taken to the skies over Edwards in support of operational test of the F-35A for the...

2015 08 21 - Construction underway on F-35B hangar
Construction is underway on an F-35B Lightning II hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort...

2015 08 20 - F-35A plays role for first time in USAFWS Integration Phase
The F-35A Lightning II achieved another major milestone during the recent capstone large-force employment event, known as...

2015 08 20 - F-35A's fires 25mm gun at full capacity
An F-35A fired 181 rounds from its four-barrel, 25 millimeter Gatling gun during a ground test at Edwards Air Force Base earlier this month...

2015 08 20 - Lt. Gen. Bogdan visits MCAS Beaufort, F-35
Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan visited Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Aug. 19 to see how the F-35 program is progressing and developing...

2015 08 19 - F-35 ITF reaches historic sortie milestone at 'lightning' speed
The Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, which oversees all three test variants of the F-35 Lightning II, has proved its resolve to test and equip...

2015 08 12 - U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition
The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability (IOC) on July 31, 2015 with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs...

2015 08 11 - Lightning AMU performs F-35 upgrades despite full flying schedule
Maintainers assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit paired with a contractor field team from...

2015 07 31 - Marines: F-35B Squadron Ready for Worldwide Deployment
The Marine Corps today declared that a squadron of 10 F-35B Lightning II aircraft is ready for worldwide deployment...

2015 07 29 - First international tanker refuels F-35 Lightning II
An Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) KC-767A aerial refueling tanker successfully completed its first U.S. Air Force F-35A boom receiver...

2015 07 22 - F-35 test team fires Gatling gun
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force is in the process of testing the F-35A's newest munitions asset...

2015 07 21 - F-35A plays role 1st time in USAFWS Integration phase
The F-35A Lightning II achieved another major milestone during the recent capstone large-force employment event...

2015 07 17 - F-35B in Beaufort: One year Anniversary
July 17, 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the F-35B Lightning II's arrival to...

2015 07 10 - AF leader cites sustainment center's F-35 support
The head of the Air Force's F-35 Lightning II integration team cited the Air Force Sustainment Center's overall joint strike fighter support...

2015 06 30 - F-35 training system, logistic system ready for operations
The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35 program took another step forward as two key capabilities...

2015 06 26 - Marines on target with F-35 live-weapons release
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, also known as the "Green Knights," conducted the first F-35B operational ordnance...

2015 06 25 - F-35s take on Green Flag 2015
F-35A Lightning IIs from the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron played the U.S. Army's primary close air support...

2015 06 24 - First Marine graduates Air Force's only F-35 intelligence course
The first U.S. Marine Corps officer graduated the Air Force's only F-35 Lightning II Intelligence Formal Training Unit course...

2015 06 24 - Next generation fighter technologies tested during Alaska military exercise
The past meets the future when a distinctive looking aircraft with the nose and electronics of an F-35 Lightning II...

2015 06 19 - F-35B completes first ski jump launch
An F-35B Lightning II completed the first ramp-assisted short take off to test the aircraft's compatibility...

2015 06 17 - Second F-35 squadron stands up
Lt. Col. Gregory Frana assumed command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony...

2015 06 12 - F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb
The F-35 Lightning II program made aviation history June 12 as Royal Air Force (RAF) Test Pilot Squadron Leader Andy Edgell released...

2015 06 08 - Top Dogs Drive F-35 Program Forward
The 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base is laying the groundwork for future F-35 Lightning II squadrons by...

2015 06 01 - Kendall Cites Progress on F-35 Performance, Schedule, Cost
The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is making progress on performance, schedule and cost, Frank Kendall, undersecretary...

2015 05 28 - Marine Corps Aircraft Maintainers keep Lightning in the Sky
Vertical landings, low observability, X-ray vision helmets and laser tracking systems are just a few pieces of space-age...

2015 05 28 - Marine Ospreys Support Lightning at Sea
As Marines and sailors have been working together to conduct an assessment of F-35B Lightning II integration into amphibious...

2015 05 28 - Marines Progress with F-35B during OT-1
Marines and sailors have worked together since May 18 to conduct Operational Testing 1, the assessment of the integration of...

2015 05 26 - U.S. Marines Partner with UK Allies in F-35B Operational Test aboard USS Wasp
As the first operational test (OT-1) of the F-35B Lightning II takes place aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) this week, service members...

2015 05 26 - U.S. Marines Successfully Complete F-35B Night Operations During OT-1
U.S. Marines Successfully Complete F-35B Night Operations During OT-1 May 21-23 during Operational Testing 1...

2015 05 21 - Luke's 56th Fighter Wing has New Mission
Luke Air Force Base's 56th Fighter Wing conducted a change of mission ceremony May 21, formally including the F-35 Lightning...

2015 05 19 - U.S. Marine Corps Begins F-35B Operational Trials
Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II jet aircraft arrived Monday evening aboard the USS WASP off the coast of the United States’ Eastern Seaboard...

2015 05 14 - Australian Air Force Pilot Flies First Partner F-35 Sortie
A pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force made history May 14, by flying the first RAAF F-35A Lightning II sortie at Luke Air Force Base...

2015 05 06 - First Female F-35 Pilot Begins Training
Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, reacts to the sight of her friends greeting her after completing her first...

2015 05 04 - F-35 Pilot Training Begins at Luke
The first ever F-35 Lightning II pilot training class was held at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona...

2015 04 29 - Luke 1 Brings Home Flagship
The 56th Fighter Wing flagship F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter arrived at Luke Air Force Base Tuesday. That aircraft is the base's 22nd F-35...

2015 04 22 - NTTR Supports First F-35B Integration into USMC’s Weapons School Exercise
The Nevada Test and Training Range was part of history April 21, when four U.S. Marine Corps-assigned F-35B Lightning IIs participated in...

2015 04 17 - Luke Conducts First F-35 Training Deployment
The 56th Fighter Wing performed the first F-35 training deployment from Luke Air Force Base...

2015 04 16 - “Weight on Wheels” for Norwegian Armed Forces’ First F-35A
The first F-35 Lightning II for the Norwegian Armed Forces is standing with weight on wheels for the first time...

2015 04 15 - F-35 Program ‘On Right Track,’ Director Says
Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines...

2015 04 14 - F-35C Conducts First Detachment Visit at NAS Lemoore
Sailors and members of the community had the opportunity to observe an F-35C Lightning II aircraft static display at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore...

2015 04 08 - Nomads Lock & Load in First F-35A Weapons Load Competition
The 33rd Fighter Wing held its first weapons load competition here, April 3, since the 2009 draw down of the F-15C Eagle mission, to determine the best...

2015 03 31 - Another Historic Milestone for Luke
The 56th Fighter Wing flew its 1000th F-35 training sortie today making it the fastest F-35 wing to reach...

2015 03 25 - F-35 Aircraft Costs Drop, Report Shows
A recent account of F-35 Lightning II aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters in a media roundtable...

2015 03 19 - "Luke 1" Flies First ‘Student’ F-35 Sortie
The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first student, Brigadier General Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew the...

2015 03 17 - Australia’s First F-35A Pilot Takes Flight
On Tuesday, 17 March, Australia first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, took his...

2015 02 19 - Weapons School Fleet Grows with Arrival of Second F-35
The second F-35 Lightning II assigned to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School arrived here Feb. 18, 2015. This will be an addition to the first F-35 for the...

2015 02 09 - 17 (Reserve) Squadron Begin UK F-35 Testing
17 (Reserve) Squadron has begun operational testing of the UK’s first F-35B...

2015 02 03 - First International F-35B Arrives Aboard Fightertown
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 welcomed the first United Kingdom F-35B...

2015 01 30 - F-35 Nears Completion of All-Weather Climatic Testing
For the past four months, an F-35 Lightning II has endured extreme weather temperatures to certify...

2015 01 30 - Air Force Names 2-Star to Lead F-35 Integration Office
With the initial operating capability date of the F-35 Lightning II quickly approaching...

2015 01 23 - Marines Receive First F-35C Lightning II Carrier Variant
The first F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for the U.S. Marine Corps touches...

2015 01 21 - Dutch F-35s Touch Down at Edwards AFB
Two F-35 Lightning IIs of the Royal Netherlands Air Force landed at Edwards...

2015 01 15 - F-35 Continues on Path Toward Full Weapons Certification
All three variants of the F-35 Lightning II continue on a path toward full weapons certification by successfully completing numerous milestones...

2015 01 15 - F-35 Arrival Begins New Era at USAFWS
A new era began at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School when its first F-35A Lightning II touched-down on the flightline here Jan. 15, flown straight from...

2015 01 08 - Lakenheath Selected to Host First F-35s in USAFE
Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., was selected as the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) base to host the F-35A Lightning II. Air Force officials and...

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