Northrop Grumman Delivers 900th F-35 Center Fuselage

Northrop Grumman Corporation marked the 900th center fuselage delivery on February 14th. Utilizing the company’s Integrated Assembly Line (IAL), F-35 center fuselages are delivered across three unique aircraft variants. The IAL is a world-class production facility using the latest in automation and robotics to deliver on large aircraft production efforts at scale. Northrop Grumman is a principal partner to Lockheed…

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F-35 B-61 Nuclear Bomb Delivery Tested in Nevada

Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft recently released B61-12 Joint Test Assemblies (JTAs) during the F-35A’s first Full Weapon System Demonstration, completing the final flight test exercise of the nuclear design certification process. The 422d and 59th Test and Evaluation Squadrons led Air Combat Command’s portion of the test effort, with Airmen from the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 926th Aircraft Maintenance…

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Carrier Strike exercise sees F-35s from four nations train together

June 15, 2021 – Stealth fighter jets embarked with the UK Carrier Strike Group have exercised with other F-35 aircraft from three other nations. The jets aboard UK flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth have participated in Exercise Falcon Strike 21, a multi-national training exercise led by the Italian Air Force. It saw F-35 Lightning stealth fighters from four nations train together…

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Five Ways F-35 Training is Improving Mission Readiness for Pilots and Maintainers

December 1, 2020 – It’s the morning of your first solo flight in the most advanced fighter jet ever created – the F-35. You’re excited and anxious because today culminates weeks of training and preparation. Once onsite, you get assigned your tail number. After hours of meticulous preparation and briefing, you head to the airplane knowing your maintenance crew chief…

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