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07/09/2019
By Robbin Laird Last year, the Dambusters squadron flew from Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station to RAF Marham and began its operational life in the UK. I have had the chance over the past few years to visit both Beaufort MCAS and RAF Marham as well as RAF Lakenheath and seen both the preparation for and the standup of USMC and RAF/RN squadrons as well as the coming of the USAF F-35s as well. Already…
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Mission Data System Files for Core Allies: The Norwegian-Italian Reprogramming F-35 Lab

07/15/2019The NIRL provides Norway and Italy F-35 mission data files used to assess what threats to search for and when, enabling the 5th generation fighter to decipher and… Read more »

USAF F-35s Serviced by Norwegian Maintainers at Orland Airbase

07/11/2019by Master Sgt. Austin May ORLAND AIR BASE, Norway – For the first time outside the U. S., Norwegian and American F-35 Lightning II maintainers worked together on… Read more »

The F-35 Demo Team at the Bagotville International Air Show, June 2019

07/10/2019Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot, flies during the Bagotville International Air Show in Quebec, Canada, June 22, 2019. The team performed during both… Read more »

The UK Prepares for F-35 Expeditionary Operations

07/09/2019By Robbin Laird Last year, the Dambusters squadron flew from Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station to RAF Marham and began its operational life in the UK. I have… Read more »

Community Day at RAAF Williamtown: Focusing on the F-35

07/06/2019On 5 July 2019, RAAF Base Williamtown hosted an F-35A Community Day for invited community members, leaders, organisational representatives and Defence community partners of the Hunter region. Guests… Read more »

The Dutch Conduct a Long Range Strike Mission with Their F-35s

06/26/2019By Andrew McLaughlin The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has conducted a 9,000km rapid reaction deployment training mission from Edwards AFB in California to a range in the Netherlands.… Read more »

Poland and the F-35

06/22/2019During the recent visit of the Polish President and a high-ranking Polish delegation, many key defense issues were discussed with President Trump and his Administration. Among those issues… Read more »

Visiting the Paris Air Show: The Challenge of Viewing the Future of Air Combat Capabilities

06/14/2019By Robbin Laird In 2012, I wrote a piece for Breaking Defense which focused on the Bold Alligator Exercise that year and how the image of change was difficulty… Read more »

Denmark, Greenland and the F-35

06/13/2019The Russians have expanded the perimeter of their defense capabilities in the Arctic and in so doing have raised concerns from the other Arctic powers. This is clearly… Read more »