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2013 12 18 - First Dutch F-35 Pilot Takes to Skies
The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies here in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth...

2013 12 13 - CSAF Outlines Joint Strike Fighter's Value
On the day that Lockheed-Martin delivered its 100th F-35 Lightning II joint
strike fighter to the Air Force, the service's leaders today marked the...

2013 12 11 - F-35 Completes First JDAM Weapon Delivery Accuracy Test
An F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft successfully employed a Guided Bomb Unit-32 (GBU-32) Joint Direct Attack...

2013 12 05 - New Sortie Record for Eglin F-35s
A United States Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight from three United Kingdom F-35Bs over Eglin Air Force Base...

2013 12 03 - Hill Selected to Receive First Operational F-35A Aircraft
Hill Air Force Base was selected as the new home for the Air Force's first operational F-35A Lightning IIs...

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2013 11 11 - F-35C Carrier Variant Conducts First AMRAAM Weapons Separation Test
The AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) was released for the first time Nov. 4 from a F-35C carrier variant...

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2013 10 30 - F-35A Lightning II Conducts First Live Fire Weapons Test with AIM-120 AMRAAM
The F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30...

2013 10 30 - F-35B Lightning II Completes First Guided Weapon Delivery Against Ground Target
The F-35 Lightning II advanced its combat capability by delivering - on target - its first guided weapons release. An F-35B short take-off and vertical...

2013 10 28 - Marines Fly First F-35 STOVL Mission at Eglin
The 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II program reached a new milestone when Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its...

2013 10 21 - Navy F-35C Completes First Weapons Separation Test
The Navy variant of the F-35 executed the first airborne separation test of an intert weapon on 21 October. Marine Corps test pilot Capt Justin Carlson...

2013 10 21 - Lightning Strikes: ONR Adds Speed, Precision to JSF Manufacturing
A faster, more precise way to create cockpit enclosures may end up saving the F-35 Lightning II program a significant amount in manufacturing costs...

2013 10 09 - F-35 Lightning II Program Surpasses 10,000 Flight Hours
The F-35 Lightning II program continues its operational maturation, surpassing 10,000 flight hours in September. More than half of the total...

2013 10 02 - Strike Fighter Squadron 101 Hosts F-35C Lightning II Rollout Ceremony
The Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft squadron, the "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, hosted a rollout ceremony...

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2013 09 26 - KC-130J Marine Tanker Fueling F-35Bs
While conducting mission system avionics tests over Edwards AFB Ranges, two F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft are refueled simultaneously...

2013 09 24 - New Fighter Creates New Culture for 21st Century and Beyond
She didn’t have a smudge on her. Not a leak found anywhere. She even had that “new jet smell.” Skies were blue, everything was perfect. Those were...

2013 09 20 - Hill Welcomes F-35 Workload
Several hundred people gathered today in hangar 237 to witness the first F-35A Lightning II which arrived for depot level maintenance during a...

2013 09 19 - F-35 Program Chief Cites Steady Progress
Citing changes to one of the Defense Department’s most ambitious acquisition programs, F-35 Lightning II development is making steady...

2013 09 16 - New F-35 Depot Maintenance Workload Arrives at Hill AFB
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander, Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., will host an F-35A Lightning II welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 to...

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2013 08 28 - Airmen Perform First Weapons Load Verfication on F-35A
After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load...

2013 08 27 - Refueling the F-35B Lightning II with VMGR-352
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 “Raiders” conducted fixed-wing aerial refueling training with Marine Attack Squadron 211 “Wake...

2013 08 26 - F-35B Lightning II: From the Deckplate of USS Wasp
For 24 years, USS Wasp (LHD 1) has been honored to be the first in class. Now, we are honored to be the first warship to support F-35 Lightning II...

2013 08 19 - Eglin's F-35 Fleet Exceeds 2K Sorties
Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing here have consistently flown successful training sorties...

2013 08 16 - Navy/Marine Corps Team: Testing F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Aboard USS Wasp
Two F-35B Lightning II jets (BF-01 and BF-05) touched down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Aug. 12, kicking off week of..

2013 08 15 - Navy F-35C Flies First Sortie at Eglin
The first F-35C Lightning II sortie takes off from the U.S. Navy F-35 Strike Fighter Squadron VFA 101 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Aug. 14. Sailors have...

2013 08 15 - Marine Test Pilot Makes First F-35B Night Landing at Sea
A key milestone on the path to declaring F-35B initial operating capability for the U.S. Marine Corps is underway. The F-35 Integrated est Force from NAS...

2013 08 15 - Navy Launches First Local F-35C Sortie
Sailors from U.S. Navy F-35 Strike Fighter Squadron-101 made history completing the first local flight in the F-35C Lightning II carrier variant...

2013 08 06 - F-35B Completes 500th Vertical Landing
The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing August 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March...

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2013 07 31 - Principle Agreement Reached on Two Lower Cost F-35 Contracts
The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin reached an agreement in principle for the next two F-35 Lightning II aircraft production contracts (Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lots 6 and 7)...

2013 07 17 - Training for Joint, U.K. F-35 Programs Heat Up
The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters ramped up to 28 aircraft June 25, bringing in new capability for the F-35 Integrated Training Center as the team trains to provide combat operations capability...

2013 07 11 - F-35 Pilot Cadre Grows to 100 as Training Ramps Up at Eglin Air Force Base
Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight on...

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2013 06 27 - Additional F-35s Coming to Luke Air Force Base
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announced today that Luke AFB has been chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lightning II aircraft...

2013 06 26 - Third F-35 for the UK Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base
The third F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., yesterday where it will be used...

2013 06 24 - Fighter Squadron 101 Receives the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II
The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home here...

2013 06 19 - First refueling of USMC F-35B by Air Force KC-10 tanker
An F-35B Lightning II performs aerial refueling operations over the eastern seaboard with an Air Force KC-10 tanker...

2013 06 19 - Joint Strike Fighter on Track, Costs Coming Down, Kendall Says
Indications are that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program -- the most expensive aviation program in Defense Department history -- is on track, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told...

2013 06 11 - Fleet Grows, Training Increases for F-35
The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters grew to 25 aircraft as the F-35 Integrated Training Center here welcomed two new Air Force F-35A variants of the multi-role fighter to the Emerald Coast...

2013 06 05 - F-35A Completes First In-Flight Missile Launch
An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 C5 AAVI (AMRAAM Air Vehicle Instrumented)...

2013 06 04 - U.K. Pilot Completes First F-35 Vertical Landing for Royal Air Force
Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II on May 28...

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2013 05 31 - USAF Announces IOC
The Air Force announced today it expects to declare F-35A Lightning II initial operation capability in December 2016...

2013 05 31 - USMC Announces IOC
The Marine Corps declared that it would reach initial operating capability of the F-35B by December 2015 in a joint letter sent to Congress May 31...

2013 05 31 - USN Announces IOC
The Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps delivered a joint report to congressional defense committees May 31 to establish the date and details of the initial operational capability (IOC) of each service's variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as directed by the National Defense Authorization Act...

2013 05 24 - F-35 ITF Works Toward Night, Weather Certification
The F-35 Integrated Test Force is wrapping up a series of night flights, which are testing the aircraft's capability when flying in instrument meteorological conditions...

2013 05 21 - F-35A Instructor Pilots Qualify in Aerial Refueling
The initial cadre of F-35A Lightning II instructor pilots qualified in aerial refueling last week, adding another capability for student pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing's F-35 Integrated Training Center here...

2013 05 09 - F-35 Fighter Takes Another Step Forward
The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service's lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide...

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2013 04 26 - F-35 8 Ship Launch
VMFAT-501 at Eglin Air Force Base executed an 8 ship launch for Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground training Friday.They completed hot refueling on all eight jets and launched them on a second mission...

2013 04 25 - Fourth F-35A Lightning II arrives at Nellis
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Rodger Hardy, Defense Contract Management Agency pilot, delivers the fourth F-35A Lightning II April 24, 2013, to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev...

2013 04 25 - Preparations Continue for F-35 Beddown
Construction workers build an F-35A Lightning II Maintenance Hangar near the flight line April 15, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The construction is scheduled to be done in November 2013...

2013 04 25 - Affordability Remains Priority for Joint Strike Fighter Program
Affordability remains the priority for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's program executive officer for the Defense Department's most expensive procurement told Congress yesterday...

2013 04 18 - Doolittle Raiders Attend 33rd FW Hangar Dedication
An F-35A Lightning II and the Doolittle Raiders' B-25 are parked together for the 33rd Fighter Wing's hangar dedication to Doolittle Raider, Lt. Col. Ed Saylor April 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. After unveiling the plaque with his name on it, Saylor spoke about his experiences in the military and with the historic Raiders...

2013 04 09 - F-35A Lightning II Departs for First Training Missions
The F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, participated in its first operational training mission over the Nevada Test and Training Range April 4...

2013 04 04 - F-35B Conducts First Night Time Vertical Landing
An F-35B Lightning II completed the first short takeoff and vertical landing during a test mission at night to expand the flight envelope and deliver capability to the warfighter...

2013 04 04 - 58th Maintainers Create New F-35 Toolbox
The 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit's Support Section put into service a new toolbox specifically used for tire and brake changes in yet another example of the continuous improvements happening with the F-35 Lightning II program at the 33rd Fighter Wing...

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2013 03 29 - First International Student-Pilot Flies F-35
The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing, training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter here March 19...

2013 03 28 - F-35B Successfully Completes AIM-120 Separation
On March 26, the F-35B Lightning II became the first F-35 variant to complete airborne weapons separations on three different munitions, the most of any model...

2013 03 21 - Corps' First Operational F-35B Conduscts First Vertical Landing
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. March 21, 2013...

2013 03 20 - Nellis Accepts Delivery of F-35 with Ceremony
In the Thunderbird Hangar filled to capacity, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Lofgren, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, formally accepted delivery of three F-35A Lightning IIs March 19...

2013 03 19 - First International Student-Pilot Flies F-35
The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing, training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter here March 19...

2013 03 13 - Edwards Begins F-35 Operational Testing
Edwards entered a new phase of testing on the F-35 Lightning II program with the arrival March 6 of the first two operational test aircraft...

2013 03 13 - F-35 Production on Track, Program Chief Says
The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said here yesterday...

2013 03 08 - Nellis Pilots Take First Step Toward F-35 Operational Testing
Two officers from the operational test community are among the six pilots in the first F-35 Lightning II pilot training course after an Air Education and Training Command decision to start training here in January...

2013 03 07 - Second F-35 for the Netherlands Rolls Out of F-35 Production Facility
Another milestone for the international program, the second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility on March 2...

2013 03 06 - F-35s Arrive at Nellis Air Force Base
An F-35A Lightning II lands at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 6, 2013. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron...

2013 03 01 - F-35 Program Office Statement: Flight Operations Restored
F-35 flight operations have been cleared to resume following engineering analysis of the turbine blade which developed a crack...

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2013 02 21 - Corps' First Operation F-35B Takes to Yuma Skies
Blue skies welcomed the Marine Corp's first operational F-35B Lightning II flight at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Feb. 21...

2013 02 15 - Nellis Prepares for F-35 Arrival
The 57th Wing is preparing for the arrival of four F-35 Lighting IIs Feb. 28.Arrival of the F-35s to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., will mark the first time in the aircraft's history operational tests will be performed on the aircraft...

2013 02 05 - First F-35A Four-Ship Flies Over Eglin
Increasing capability is becoming routine for the F-35 Lightning II team. The 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit produced a four-turn-four for the 58th Fighter Squadron flying Jan 31...

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2013 01 31 - Message to F-35 ITF: "Your Work is Critically Important"
Team Edwards welcomed Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan to the F-35 Integrated Test Force Jan. 22 for the first time since he assumed the role of program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in December...

2013 01 29 - Lightning Up The Night
An F-35C Lightning II, on a nighttime test flight, cuts through the skies over the Atlantic Test Ranges Jan. 23. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flew CF-5 for almost an hour, completing evaluation of the aircraft’s landing and taxi lights...

2013 01 23 - F-35C Completes First In-Flight Dual Refueling
For the first time, two F-35C Lightning II carrier variant test aircraft refueled together with a KC-130J Hercules in the sky above Patuxent River, Md. last...



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