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Delivery of 100th F-35A Lightning II to US Air Force

LOCKHEED MARTIN has achieved another milestone in the Joint Strike Fighter programme with delivery of the US Air Force’s 100th F-35A Lightning II.  The aircraft, 14-5099 ‘LF’ (AF-100), arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on August 26 from the factory in Fort Worth, Texas, to join the 56th Fighter Wing’s 62nd Fighter Squadron ‘Spikes’.

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The US Air Force’s 100th F-35A Lightning II touches down at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on August 26 after its delivery flight from Fort Worth. US Air Force/Staff Sgt Marcy Copeland

Brigadier Geneneral Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, said: “This marks a milestone and shows the fact that the F-35 programme has continued to grow, progress and support initial operational capability.  It is also a ‘scare factor’ for our enemies that we are able to produce such an incredible platform at such a high production rate and that it’s getting out in the field in larger and larger numbers.”
As previously reported, Luke Air Force Base received its first F-35 in March 2014 and developed the training and tactics for the programme. The fleet has since grown to more than 40 F-35s at Luke, including those of partner nations Australia and Norway.  The base also recently activated its third F-35 unit – the 63rd Fighter Squadron ‘Panthers’ – marking the halfway point for plans to build up toan eventual total of six squadrons at Luke.

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