News: United States

  • First “Adir” (F-35I) Flight in Israel

    First “Adir” (F-35I) Flight in Israel

    Israeli Air Force // December 15, 2016
    Only 16 hours after landing in Nevatim AFB, the first two “Adir” (F-35I) stealth fighters took off for their first sortie in Israeli skies. The hour-long sortie was escorted by “Sufa” (F-16I) fighters. “This morning, our men woke up to a new day and a new era”
  • Air Force Releases Candidate Installations for Next F-35A Bases

    Air Force Releases Candidate Installations for Next F-35A Bases

    Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs // December 07, 2016
    The candidate bases include: Dannelly Field Air Guard Station, Montgomery, Alabama; Gowen Field AGS, Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville AGS Florida, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Detroit, and Truax AGS, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • F-35 Helmet, Ahead of Our Time

    F-35 Helmet, Ahead of Our Time

    DVIDS // November 19, 2016
    When the DoD launched the acquisition process for the revolutionary multi-service, multi-role, single seat, single engine strike fighter aircraft known as the F-35 Lightning II, they envisioned a common platform across three variants that ultimately invigorated the defense industry world-wide.
  • USAF Completes Insulation Repairs On Operational F-35s

    USAF Completes Insulation Repairs On Operational F-35s

    FlightGlobal // November 18, 2016
    Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force have finished repairs on the last of 13 F-35As affected by a faulty insulation issue earlier this year, though work continues on Lockheed’s production aircraft.
  • Marines Do First-of-its-Kind Maintenance Test with F-35B on Ship

    Marines Do First-of-its-Kind Maintenance Test with F-35B on Ship

    DoD Buzz // November 10, 2016
    To prove that the Marines’ new 5th-generation fighter could undergo maintenance during an at-sea deployment, air crew aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America took one of the aircraft apart–and put it back together again.
  • Madly, Truly, Deeply

    Madly, Truly, Deeply

    Air Force Magazine // November 08, 2016
    Though it looks like one, the F-35 is “not a fighter,” but is “infinitely, exponentially” better than one, and is certainly far more than a mere replacement for the AV-8B Harrier in Marine Corps usage, F-35B pilot Lt. Col. David Berke said Monday.
  • F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD

    F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD

    United States Department of Defense // November 07, 2016
    The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the first component repair assignments Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS), for the first 65 of 774 repairables.