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05/22/2018
By Robbin Laird I have had the opportunity to visit F-35 bases since the standup of the first one at Eglin Air Force base. And this year, I have visited Williamtown, RAF Marham, Ørland, and MCAS Yuma. In each case, changes have been made to accommodate the coming of the F-35 but also, infrastructure has been or is being changed to shape a 21stcentury base appropriate to the transformation of 21stcentury air combat operations. With…
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From HMS Illustrious to HMS Queen Elizabeth: A Decade’s Journey

05/24/2018by Robbin Laird Recently, I had the chance to visit RAF Marham and to interview Air Commodore Bradshaw who was appointed as Lighting Force Commander, Royal Air Force Marham… Read more »

The BAE Systems Role in the F-35 Program

05/24/2018An overview of the significant role which BAE Systems plays in the F-35 program is provided by the company on their website. https://www.baesystems.com/en-us/product/f-35# The following graphic above provides… Read more »

Norwegian Quick Reaction Aircraft, Bodø Airbase and Future Basing Challenges

05/24/2018By Robbin Laird During visits to the United Kingdom, I have had a chance to see and visit with RAF the operators of the quick reaction air capability… Read more »

RAF Marham Prepares for Its Transition

05/24/2018Last year, we visited RAF Marham and got an update on the progress with regard to the base in preparation for the arrival of its first squadron of… Read more »

Shaping a 21st Century Air Base at Ørland: Visiting the 132 Air Wing

05/22/2018By Robbin Laird I have had the opportunity to visit F-35 bases since the standup of the first one at Eglin Air Force base. And this year, I… Read more »

VFA-147 Transitions to the F-35

05/21/2018On April 18, the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-147 ‘Argonauts,’ completed its first F-35C flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif. The inaugural flight supports the… Read more »

The Way Ahead for Norwegian Airpower: The Perspective of the Vice Chief of the Norwegian Air Force

05/20/2018By Robbin Laird During my visit to Norway in April 2018, I had a chance to meet with and discuss the Norwegian way ahead on airpower with Brigadier… Read more »

An Update on Japanese F-35s, May 15, 2018

05/17/2018In a press conference held by the Japanese Defense Minister, he provided an update on the standup of Japanese F-35s in Japan. I will provide a report on… Read more »

UK F-35s Coming to RAF Marham in June 2018

05/17/2018We recently visited RAF Marham and will report on that visit along with visits to RAF Coningsby and Portsmouth as well. On May 16, 2018, the UK Ministry… Read more »