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F-35 pilot fitting facility is the first stop before pilots hit the flight line. These two stories, one from 2015 highlighting pilot fitting at Luke AFB and one from 2017 highlighting pilot fitting at MCAS Beaufort highlights the process. Outfitting F-35 pilots requires perfection By Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published October 20, 2015 LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Anyone who has been fitted for a suit, a tux or even…

USMC Conducts First F-35 Combat Operations from a Seabase

09/28/2018No media team has followed the birthing and growth of the F-35B more than the Second Line of Defense team. We started with the standup at Eglin AFB.… Read more »

The Australians Building Their Fifth Generation Air Force: The Latest Addition to the RAAF’s F-35 Fleet

09/25/2018The RAAF has taken delivery of its ninth F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and the first to be taken on strength by its first operational flying unit to fly… Read more »

Leveraging Mobile Security: How To Shape a Way Ahead for a 5th Generation Military

09/23/2018By Robbin Laird In my discussions at Penten, I learned of a very innovative approach to providing for the security for mobile systems.  They have developed an approach… Read more »

5th Gen and the Tactical Leadership Program at Albacete

09/20/2018With the coming of the F-35 to European Air Forces, a key priority is to work the training side of F-35s and fifth generation aircraft with other types… Read more »

Lift Works Opens in UK to Support the F-35

09/19/2018The UK and the US Marines are the major users for now for the F-35B, although the demand for enhanced operational mobility by air faces direct threats to… Read more »

Lightning Strikes at Valiant Shield 2018

09/19/2018“The high-end biennial Valiant Shield exercise kicked off in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday, with some of the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ most advanced platforms… Read more »

Marines Operate in the Mediterranean with Their F-35Bs

09/15/2018The coming of the F-35B off of an amphibious task force has come to the Mediterranean. The Marines have been very visible in the Pacific as well with… Read more »

F-35 2.0 and Changing the Defense Eco-System

09/13/2018By Robbin Laird We have argued for more than a decade that leveraging fifth generation aircraft allowed for the re-norming of airpower. With the evolution of the F-35… Read more »

New Australian Maintenance Facility: TAE Aerospace

09/02/2018Australia is a key member of the F-35 global enterprise and as the arrival of the first squadron approaches, the country is building the appropriate infrastructure at Williamtown… Read more »