F-35C Lightning II

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‘Black Knights’:First USMC F-35C unit to deploy aboard an aircraft carrier

We report on the USMC’s ‘Black Knights’ making history as the first USMC F-35C unit to deploy aboard an aircraft carrier

US Navy F-35C crashes on USS Carl Vinson

A US Navy F-35C Lightning II assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) was involved in a landing accident on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during routine flight operations on January 24

MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

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Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 maintenance picture

Figures from Lockheed Martin have revealed all three variants of the F-35 stealth fighter are ahead of the required mean time between system failure and maintenance hour per flight hour

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First operational deployment for US Navy F-35Cs, CMV-22Bs

US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning IIs assigned to VFA-147 ‘Argonauts’ and Bell Boeing CMV-22B Ospreys from VRM-30 ‘Titans’ have embarked on their first operational deployment as part of a Carrier Air Wing

Lockheed Martin expects fewer F-35 deliveries than planned in 2022

Lockheed Martin expect that it will deliver fewer F-35 Lightning II fighters than planned to domestic and international customers through 2022

USMC’s first F-35C unit declares IOC

The USMC revealed on December 1 that VMFA-314 'Black Knights' has become the first Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II unit to declare initial operational capability (IOC)

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How many countries operate the F-35 Lightning II?

Key.Aero outlines who currently operates the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and explores how many examples of the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter have been delivered so far