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11 July - New Program Executive for F-35 Lightning II Office
With a commitment to carry the program forward, a new leader took charge of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial, July 11, Washington D.C.

26 June - Affordability War Room: Committed To The Acquisition Mission
The JPO's Affordability War Room is an example of the its commitment to work with industry to execute an acquisition mission that will deliver and sustain affordable, effective F-35 air systems.

12 June - Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Reach Handshake Agreement For Lowest Cost F-35s in History
The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin reached an agreement covering more than 470 F-35s over three separate contracts, known as Lots 12-14. Once finalized, it will represent the largest F-35 production contract and the lowest aircraft prices in program history. For more on this announcement, read here.

2019 04 30 - U.S. Air Force F-35As Conduct First Combat Employment
Two U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft conducted an air strike at Wadi Ashai, Iraq, in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve on April 30.

2019 04 19 - F-35B Allowed Essex ARG to Flex New Blue-Water Capabilities in Absence of Carrier Nearby
The F-35B Joint Strike Fighter is not only changing the way Marine forces conduct their missions, it is also changing the way the amphibious navy can do its work in the absence of an aircraft carrier, leaders from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Essex Amphibious Ready Group said.

2019 04 18 - F-35 PEO: $75M Unit Cost By Lot 14 'Within The Art Of The Possible'
The unit cost of the F-35A could do as low as $75 million in Lot 14 of low-rate initial production if the program can improve supply chain and production line performance, the head of the program recently told Inside Defense.

2019 04 16 - F-35A Arrives In Middle East For Historic First-Time Deployment
F-35A pilots, maintainers, and support personnel from the Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th Fighter Wing deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates last week - the first Middle East deployment for the U.S. Air Force's F-35A Lightning II.

2019 04 09 - Auto-GCAS Team Wins Prestigious Award
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The National Aeronautic Association announced that the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Team as the recipients of the 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The trophy will be formally presented at a dinner event in Washington D.C. in June.

2019 01 10 - UK Defense Chief: F-35 Jets Are 'Ready For Operations'
Britain has declared initial operating capability on its F-35B Lightning fighter fleet in an announcement made by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during a Jan. 10 visit to the aircraft's new base.

2019 01 10 - California Air Force Pilot Becomes First Woman to Complete F-35 Test Mission
When Maj. Rachael Winiecki's fighter jet took off from California's Edwards Air Force Base in December, it was a routine flight. But by the time she landed, she had made history.

2019 01 04 - F-35 Global Transportation and Distribution and North American Regional Warehouse Assignment Made by DoD
The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Global Transportation and Distribution (T&D) and North American Regional Warehousing to the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and U.S. Transportation Command (U.S. TRANSCOM).


2018 12 28 - The Pentagon's Prize Fighter Is Ready For Its Close-Up
Washington Examiner Senior Defense and National Security Writer Jamie McIntyre interviews Vice Adm. Mat Winter, program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, the Pentagon' s biggest acquisition program.

2018 12 13 - Strike Fighter Squadron 147 Declares Safe-For-Flight
The "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 completed their carrier qualifications Dec. 12 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the final required component for Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing (CJSFW) to issue the squadron its safe-for-flight operations certification.

2018 12 09 - Head of F-35 Joint Program Office: Stealth Fighter Enters The New Year In Midst Of A Growing Phase
As the "quarterback for the joint force," the F-35 provides new transformational capabilities that will fundamentally change the way our nation's military operates around the globe. More than a fighter jet, the F-35's ability to collect, analyze and share data is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, sea and ground-based assets...

2018 12 06 - F-35 Program Starts Formal Operational Testing
The F-35 Lightning II program reached another major program milestone with the official start of formal F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) this week.


2018 10 25 - Belgium Joins F-35 Program with Selection of F-35A
We're pleased the Kingdom of Belgium has selected the F-35A as their next generation fighter to fulfill their country's national security needs. Their decision to join the program will strengthen our important and long-standing relationship.

2018 10 19 - F-35B Completes Initial Testing Aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth
On Oct. 16 British sailors and members of the F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, completed a successful opening phase of the First of Class Flight Trials being conducted this fall aboard the UK's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, near the U.S. eastern seaboard.

2018 10 19 - New Tech To Ease F-35A Flight Line Maintenance
Maintainers on Hill's flight line are beginning to utilize new high-tech, hand-held tablets to work on the F-35A, America's most advanced multi-role fighter aircraft.

2018 10 15 - UPDATE: F-35s Returned To Flight After Engine Inspection
After completing inspections, more than 80 percent of operational F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations. All U.S. services and international partners have resumed flying with their cleared aircraft.

2018 10 09 - U.S. Marine Pilot Becomes A Part Of Aviation History
For 11 weeks, Marine Corps Maj. Michael Lippert, an F-35B test pilot, and three British pilots will test the performance of the F-35B Lightning II on the deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom's newest and largest aircraft carrier.

2018 10 03 - F-35B Jets Join Forces With British Aircraft Carrier To Make History
This week the first F-35 Lightning fighter jets landed on the deck of the United Kingdom's new aircraft carrier making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of 'Carrier Strike' operations.


2018 09 28 - Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Agree To Reduced F-35 Price in New Production Contract
The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have finalized an $11.5 billion contract for the production and delivery of 141 F-35 aircraft at the lowest per aircraft price in program history.

2018 09 28 - Marine Corps F-35 Flies First Combat Mission In Afghanistan
The U.S. Marine Corps F-35B joint strike fighter has successfully conducted its first combat mission over Afghanistan, U.S. officials confirmed to Military Times.

2018 09 13 - Meet Air Force Reserve's First Female F-35 Pilot
Before she climbed into the world's most advanced fighter jet to become the Air Force Reserve's first female F-35 pilot, Col. Gina "Torch" Sabric had already flown 10 airframes and racked up 22 years of flying experience.


2018 08 28 - F-35C Conducts Operational Test-1 Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln
F-35C Lightning II aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 are conducting their Operational Test-1 (OT-1) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and Carrier Strike Group 12 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

2018 08 21 - Two Years On, Goldfein Says Operations Show F-35 a Game-Changer
As the Air Force wraps up its second year of operational service with the F-35, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein says he "could not be happier" with the aircraft, and that it is living up to its billing as a "game-changer."

2018 08 08 - Hill Airmen, Aircraft Progress Together as F-35A Program Matures
Two years after the Air Force declared IOC for the F-35A, pilots and maintainers at Hill's active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings are steadily erasing the word "initial" from in front of "operational capability."


2018 07 26 - International Milestone Reached as Republic of Korea Air Force Pilot Takes Premiere F-35A Flight
The first Republic of Korea Air Force F-35A pilot soared into history for his country when he took to the skies July 20 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

2018 07 17 - 388th Maintenance Group eying future time, cost savings with 3-D printing
Inside a simple-looking building just off of Hill's flight line, Airmen are tinkering with advanced technology to bring the future of cost-effective maintenance to America's most advanced fighter aircraft.


2018 06 12 - Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Deliver 300th F-35 Aircraft
The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin delivered the 300th production F-35 aircraft today, demonstrating the program's continued progress and momentum. The 300th aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A to be delivered to Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

2018 06 06 - UK Welcomes Four F-35Bs to RAF Marham
It's a new beginning for the United Kingdom with the arrival of their first F-35s in country. Four F-35Bs departed MCAS Beaufort 6 June and made the trans-Atlantic flight to RAF Marham.


2018 05 30 - Night Vision
There's dark on shore; then there's dark at sea. There's no real comparison. So it wasn't entirely clear how well the F-35 Lightning II night vision system would perform during its first shipboard evaluation.

2018 05 24 - UK's HMS Queen Elizabeth Crew Meet the F-35B
Members of the flying control and flight deck control teams aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), flagship of the Royal Navy's new class of aircraft carriers, visited Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland ...

2018 05 23 - Three New F-35 Aircraft Land in Norway
Norway's F-35 fleet doubles. On 22 May, three new F-35As prepare to land at Ørland Air Base. Six aircraft are now on Norwegian soil. The Norwegian Minister of Defense said the jets will help ...

2018 05 22 - Fleet Readiness Center East Milestone in F-35 Maintenance
Fleet Readiness Center East achieved another accomplishment for its support of the F-35 Lightning II program May 17, 2018.

2018 05 16 - Fitting That 617 Squadron Fly F-35, Says Last British Dambuster
The last surviving British Dambuster says it is "fitting" that his former squadron get to fly the world's most advanced warplane, the F-35.

2018 05 14 - Essex ARG, 13th MEU Complete Integrated Training
Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) off the coast of Southern California, May 10.

2018 05 09 - Airmen, Jets Return from Japan Deployment
Airmen and F-35A aircraft from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing returned here May 4-5 following a six-month deployment to Kadena Air Base, Japan.

2018 05 03 - New 'VR' flight simulators join Hill's F-35 fleet
Two new virtual reality F-35 simulators are currently under construction ...

2018 05 03 - DoD Official: Lethality, Readiness Drive Acquisition and Sustainment Reform ...
The National Defense Strategy's priority of readiness and warfighter's needs make it important for the Defense Department to be easy to do business with.


2018 04 27 - Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 147 'Argonauts' Execute First F-35C Flight
The Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-147 'Argonauts' completed its first F-35C flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif. April 18.

2018 04 27 - Italian Air Force Commander On How F-35 Will Transform The Service
Italy's challenging economic climate is perhaps not the most conducive for evolving an air force, yet the nation is now taking deliveries of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), maritime patrol aircraft, jet trainers and new intelligence-gathering assets. Aviation Week London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne caught up with the Italian Air Force commander, Enzo Vecciarelli, to find out how this evolution is gaining pace.

2018 04 25 - Wasp Strike Group Wraps Up Inaugural Patrol of Western Pacific
Two thousand, three hundred Marines are back on Okinawa after more than a month at sea accompanying the USS Wasp amphibious warship and F-35B stealth fighters on their first patrol of the Western Pacific.

2018 04 23 - Luke Egress Airmen reduce F-35 canopy shaped charge replacement time by 120 hours
Over the past two months, Airmen from the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron's Egress Systems Flight developed a new process for the replacement of flexible linear shaped charges on F-35 Lightning II canopies.

2018 04 20 - 3-D Printer-capable Marines with 31st MEU Print Replacement Part for F-35B
Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of 'additive manufacturing,' also known as 3-D printing.

2018 04 20 - F-35A Durability Testing Complete; Airframe En Route to US for Detailed Inspections
F-35A Durability Testing is complete. The F-35A full scale durability test airframe left its structural test rig at BAE Systems in the UK and started its journey back to the US where it will undergo further detailed inspections.

2018 04 18 - 'A Computer that Happens to Fly': USAF, RAF Chiefs On Multi-Domain Future
"I grew up flying fighters," says Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force Chief of Staff, "and I will tell you, when I see the F-35, I don't see a fighter. I see a computer that happens to fly."...

2018 04 12 - Australian Minister for Defence Industry Meets with VADM Winter
The PEO met with Mr. Christopher Pyne, Australia's Minister for Defence Industry, on 12 April 2018...

2018 04 12 - F-35 Completes Most Comprehensive Flight Test Program in Aviation History
The F-35 program has accomplished the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program.

2018 04 10 - Norwegian F-35A Conducts In-Air Drag Chute Testing, Clears Full Envelope.
The F-35 Integrated Test Flight team at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. recently completed in-air deployments of the Norwegian Drag Chute System.

2018 04 09 - Australia's Next Three F-35As Mission-Ready.
Australia became the first partner nation to accept Block 3F aircraft. This version of software improves warfighting capability with enhanced sensors, weapons capability and provides the full aircraft flight envelope.

2018 04 05 - 7th Fleet Commander Visits Wasp, Observes F-35B Flight Operations For the First Time
Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet visited the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on April 2 to see Navy-Marine Corps integration firsthand as both services continue on deployment.


2018 03 28 - Republic of Korea and the United States welcome Korea's first F-35A
On 28 March, senior officials from the Republic of Korea and the United States welcomed Korea's first F-35A. Here are photos from the rollout ceremony and a recent acceptance flight.

2018 04 05 - Into the Fold: F-35C Carrier Qualifications Aboard Lincoln
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed fleet carrier qualifications (CQ) for the F-35C Lightning II program, marking another milestone for the new aircraft, while underway March 17-21...

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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