Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) visited Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility today to tour the F-35 production line and speak to the men and women building the world’s most advanced air system.
The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation air system, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace various aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as international countries.
The F-35C carrier variant (CV) is the Navy’s first stealth fighter and the world’s only 5th Generation, long-range stealth strike fighter designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations. The U.S. Navy is targeting F-35 Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2018.
Since opening 75 years ago, Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility has produced and delivered more than 7,000 military aircraft, including F-16 and F-35, to partners all over the world. About 14,000 men and women are employed at the facility today.