Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed Martin and its international partners developed the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in three basic versions: the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A, the short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B and the carrier-variant (CV) F-35C. Since the first F-35A flew in December 2006, the fleet has racked up more than 155,000 flight hours, including more than 17,000 during development testing.

Delivery of production aircraft began in 2011 and the F-35B achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with the US Marine Corps in July 2015. The F-35A followed with the USAF in August 2016. The carrier-variant entered service with the US Navy in February 2019. More than 760 have been manufactured since production began in 2006.

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RAF F-35 role demonstration explained

With the RAF performing an F-35B Lightning II ‘role demonstration’ at a number of UK airshows, AFM spoke to Gp Capt John ‘Butch’ Butcher, Commander of the UK’s Lightning Force about what airshow-goers can expect

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CH-53K ferries F-35C from Maryland to New Jersey

A USMC CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter recently transferred an inoperable F-35C Lightning II airframe from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

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First-ever Ramstein 1v1 fighter exercise

Fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft from nine NATO countries recently participated in a basic fighter manoeuvres (BFM) exercise at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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A Belgian F-35 gets airborne for the first time

The third F-35A Lightning II to be produced for the Belgian Air Force (BAF) carried out its maiden flight from Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 14.

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F-35 cross-servicing milestone to greater NATO interoperability

In a significant development of aircraft interoperability across NATO forces, one country’s personnel conducted the first-ever unsupervised F-35 cross-service operation of another air arm’s Lightning IIs.

F-35 achieves major production, nuclear milestones

The Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, William A LaPlante, formally approved the US-led Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program – the development project behind the F-35 Lightning II – to finally move into full-rate production (FRP), following the attainment of the type’s Milestone C landmark, writes Tom Kaminski.

Singapore to buy eight more Lightning IIs

Singapore will acquire eight examples of the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)-configured F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter to supplement the 12 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-capable F-35Bs it has already purchased

Stunning aurora over HMS Prince of Wales

Personnel embarked aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales were treated to a stunning display by the northern lights

Wisconsin ANG's 'Badger Air Militia' embarks on first F-35A training deployment

A number of F-35A Lightning IIs and more than 150 airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s (ANG’s) 115th Fighter Wing (FW) – which is home-based at Truax Field ANGB in Madison – completed the Weapons System Evaluation Program’s (WSEP’s) Exercise Combat Archer at Tyndall AFB, Florida, on February 23

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VIDEO: US Marine Corps F-35s arrive in Norway for Exercise Nordic Response

US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs of VMFA-542 ‘Tigers’ have landed in Norway to take part in Exercise Nordic Response 24.

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