While the second JASDF F-35A was being delivered to Luke AFB, Japan’s fourth F-35A (AX-4, 69-8704) completed its maiden flight from Fort Worth on the same day, January 10. Carl Richards


SECRETARY OF THE Navy Ray Mabus took aim at joint military programs in January, singling out the F-35 as being slower, more costly, and lacking accountability because of its joint nature. He said that the US Navy’s sixth-generation fighter program, the F/A-XX, should not become a joint program for these reasons.

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