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2011 12 20 - Statement Regarding Japan's Selection of the F-35
Today we received news of the Japan Ministry of Defense's decision to select the F-35 Lightning II...

2011 12 10 - Lightning II Conducts Three Ship Ops
Three F-35 Lightning II 'A' variant planes (AF-02, AF-03, and AF-04) fly over Edwards Air Force Base in the conduct of aircraft test and evaluation...

2011 12 05 - JPO Statement on DoD and Lockheed Martin Reaching a Tentative F-35 UCA Agreement
The Department of Defense and the Lockheed Martin Corporation have reached a tentative agreement on key terms of the 5th F-35 Low Rate Initial Production contract...

2011 11 28 - F-35C and EMALS Demonstrate Start of Naval Aviation's Next Century
The Navy demonstrated early integration of the future of naval aviation Nov. 18 when it launched F-35C test aircraft CF-3 with its new electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS)...

2011 11 22 - First F-35 for the United Kingdom Completes Assembly
The first international F-35 Lightning II rolled out of the factory Sunday evening...

2011 11 08 - First F-35C Catapult Launch at NAS Patuxent River
Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert flies F-35C test aircraft CF-3 off the TC-7 steam catapult at NAS Patuxent River...

2011 10 27 - Sixth F-35A Delivered to Eglin Air Force Base
AF-13, a conventional takeoff and landing variant F-35A, departs Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base on Oct. 26 en route to Eglin Air Force Base...

2011 10 27 - First Production Model F-35B Makes First Flight
BF-6, the first F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) production jet for the U.S. Marine Corps, made its inaugural flight on Oct. 25, marking yet another significant milestone in the F-35 program...

2011 10 26 - Joint Strike Fighter Program Office Statement on LRIP 5 UCA
Today Lockheed Martin made some financial disclosures public that show their investment of company funds in support of 30 F-35s that are proposed for purchase in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract 5...

2011 10 25 - F-35B Completes First Sea Trials on USS Wasp
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) heads back toward homeport Oct. 21 after spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)...

2011 10 25 - F-35 Test Facility Hosts Future Aerospace Engineers
Twenty-five aerospace engineering students and faculty from the Pennsylvania State University got hands-on experience with the future of naval tactical aviation Oct. 13...

2011 10 24 - Fifth F-35 Lightning II Bolts to Eglin Air Force Base
With Lt. Col. Eric “Emmitt” Smith at the controls, AF-12 gains altitude as it departs Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base yesterday for Florida...

2011 10 19 - Two F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Operate from the USS Wasp
Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft (BF-2 and BF-4) operate from the USS Wasp (LHD-1) off the coast of Virginia during initial sea trials...

2011 10 03 - F-35B Completes Successful Initial Shipboard Vertical Landing Aboard USS Wasp
The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp...

2011 09 29 - F-35 Lightning II Weapons Loading Trainer Delivers New Technology to Virtual Classroom
Tech. Sgt. Jeff Taggart, of Det. 19, 372nd Training Squadron, maneuvers the training weapon underneath the recently delivered F-35 Lightning II Weapons Loading Trainer...

2011 09 20 - F-35B Test Pilots Start Certifying for Initial Ship Trials
With flight envelope expansion for ship trials completed, four F-35B test pilots started expeditionary airfield (EAF) building up to field carrier landing practice (FCLP) Sept. 14...

2011 09 12 - JSF Breaks Ground - Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Hensel Phelps Construction Company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovation of the new Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Pilot Training and Simulator Center, and Aircraft Training Hangar on Sept. 1...

2011 09 01 - Lightning Strikes Twice: With Two-ship Arrival, Eglin F-35 Number Increases to 4
Two more F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters were delivered to Eglin with 33rd Fighter Wing piloted F-16s escorting the jets to their new home Aug. 31...

2011 08 22 - F-35C Completes Jet Blast Deflector Testing
The F-35C is another step closer to initial ship trials on an aircraft carrier at sea. The F-35 integrated test force completed jet blast deflector (JBD) testing ...

2011 08 18 - Statement on JPO Authorizing Flight Operations for the
F-35 Program
The F-35 Joint Program Office authorized the return to flight operations for
F-35 developmental test aircraft...

2011 08 10 - Statement on JPO Reinstituting Ground Operations for the F-35 Program
The F-35 Joint Program Office authorized a return to ground operations for the F-35 developmental test (DT) aircraft today...

2011 08 03 - JPO Statement on F-35 Temporary Suspension of Ground and Flight Test Operations
The F-35 Joint Program Office issued a fleet wide precautionary suspension of ground and flight operations earlier today...

2011 08 02 - First Air Force F-35 Pilot Part of Aviation History
With the arrival of the joint strike fighter, the military continues setting the historic milestones for the worldwide aviation industry in preparing the first F-35 Lightning II pilots...

2011 07 25 - F-35C Catapult Test
Navy test pilot Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus brings F-35C test aircraft CF-3 into launch position on a test catapult July 19...

2011 07 22 - USS Wasp prepares for Joint Strike Fighter
The crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) is preparing the ship to become the first at-sea test platform for the U.S. Navy's...

2011 07 21 - Lockheed Martin Deliveres Second F-35 Production Jet
in a Week
It was wheels up Wednesday morning for Lockheed Martin’s second F-35A Lightning II production jet delivery in a week...

2011 07 18 - Fifth Marine Corps Variant Delivered to Navy Test Site
The fifth Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Short Take Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) flight test aircraft delivered to the Marine Corps arrives at...

2011 07 15 - First Air Force JSF Landed for DoD Training
The first Air Force F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter arrived here July 14 marking a major milestone in our nation’s military history...

2011 07 13 - F-35 Completes First Jet Blast Deflector Test
Using F-35C test aircraft CF-2, the F-35 integrated test force based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River collaborated with the aircraft launch and recovery...

2011 06 29 - Jet Blast Deflector Testing Begins
Flown by test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus, F-35C test aircraft CF-2 lands at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey June 25...

2011 06 27 - Continued Testing of F-35 JSF Sensors a Success
at Northern Edge 2011

Participating in Northern Edge for the second time, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter sensor capabilities were tested in Alaska's premier multi-operational environment from June 13-24, 2011...

2011 06 27 - F-35 Fresh Water Rinse System Installed at Eglin
An F-16 gets a "bath" from the newly installed fresh water rinse facility June 22 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida...

2011 06 24 - CSAF Visits F-35 Training Wing
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz (middle) learns about the new improvements in the ejection seat installed in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter June 23, 2011, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida...

2011 06 06 - Third F-35C Test Aircraft Arives at NAS Patuxent River
F-35C test aircraft CF-3 flies over its new home at Naval Air Station Patuxent River during its ferry flight from Fort Worth, Texas...

2011 05 25 - U.S. Air Force prepares for F-35A training on F-35B and
F-35C

U.S. Air Force maintainers are getting hands-on experience with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter here...

2011 05 21 - F-35 Makes First Air Show Appearance
On Saturday, May 21, a F-35C piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus made a single pass down the show line at the Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. marking the first public appearance of a joint strike fighter aircraft at an air show...

2011 05 17 - Second F-35 Carrier Variant Arrives at PAX River
The second F-35C Lightning II carrier variant arrived at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., yesterday...

2011 05 16 - Second F-35A Production Jet Arrives at ED AFB
The second F-35A Lightning II production aircraft flies above the compass rose of Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif...

2011 05 11 - Edwards Receives First AF Production F-35
The Air Force accepted into its fleet the first of a planned 1,763 production-model F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters when aircraft AF-7 arrived at Edwards May 6, to begin its flight test program...

2011 05 06 - Custom Tool to Save Weeks in F-35B Test and Evaluation
Teamwork and ingenuity will save valuable time and money for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter program undergoing test and evaluation...

2011 05 02 - F-35B Demonstrates Maturity in STOVL Operations
Short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) capability for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter reached a milestone in maturity last week...

2011 04 31 - F-35B Test Aircraft Accomplish Formation Test
At a test range near Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., two F-35B test aircraft accomplish a formation test point March 17...

2011 04 27 - F-35B Prepares for Rough Seas
The F-35B moved another step forward to shipboard testing on board USS Wasp (LHD-1) this year...

2011 04 22 - Third F-35B Aircraft Completes Milestone Flight
Lockheed Martin test pilot David "Doc" Nelson takes to the sky April 21 in F-35B test aircraft BF-3 for its 100th flight...

2011 04 20 - Third F-35B Aircraft Completes STOVL Mode Flight
Over an Atlantic test range near Naval Air Station Patuxent River, U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Fred "Tinman" Schenk completes...

2011 04 06 - CF-1 Hooked to Test Catapult for the First Time
Navy F-35 flight test aircraft CF-1 approaches the TC-7 catapult at Naval Air Station Patuxent River March 22...

2011 03 21 - Marine Squadron's F-16 Flights "a milestone" Toward JSF
Marine aviators of the F-35B Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 completed four sorties this week in F-16 Fighting Falcons, beginning a familiarization process to ensure readiness and...

2011 03 21 - F-16 Operations Continue to Pave Way for JSF
F-16s from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxi in after a morning sortie mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 18. The F-16s were brought here to provide familiarization training to the 33rd Fighter Wing...

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