Turkey to Buy Two Planes in Second F-35 Shipment

09/05/2012
2012-09-04 Turkey is expected to use funds from its Defense Industry Support Fund to purchase a second pair of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightening jets to be delivered in 2016, says a Turkish procurement official. The first pair is set for delivery in 2015. Turkey will likely order a second pair…

An Update on the F-35 at Eglin AFB: “I was just flying.”

09/04/2012
2012-09-04 By Robbin Laird I had the opportunity to visit the 33rd Fighter Wing on August 24, 2012. I first visited the wing in January 2010, and much of what I saw this month was aspirational in January 2010.  Seeing pilots and maintainers populating classrooms, and planes on the tarmac, flying…

Indiana, Rolls Royce and the F-35

09/03/2012
August 31, 2012 According to INDYSTAR.com: It outflies the speed of sound, packs enough weaponry to flatten a small town and -- thanks to some Indiana-built technology -- has the uncanny ability to hover like a hummingbird. It's the F-35, the next-generation U.S. military combat jet, and it figures to…

The F-35: Built with Gear-Heads in Mind

09/01/2012
The F-35 JSF was designed from conception to be easily and cost effectively maintained. It has been built with parts arranged in a modular fashion, with ninety-five percent of the field serviceable parts being “one deep”. In addition, the radar absorbing skin is easier and more cost effective to maintain…

F-35 Opens the Door to True Cooperation of Forces

08/30/2012
by Col. Chelsea Anderson (Excerpt) August 28, 2012 The potential for cooperation among U.S. armed forces as well as coalition forces all using the F-35 variants is significant. In fact, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force are working on their own F-35 variants and eight other countries have…

Sorties 199 and 200 for the F-35 At Eglin AFB

08/28/2012
2012-08-28 These photos were taken on Friday August 24, 2012 during sorties number 199 and 200.  Major Mike Roundtree flew 199, and Lt. Col. Joseph Bachmann 200. We will publish interviews done with both pilots after their flights in the near future. In a press release from the 33rd Fighter…