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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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Day in the Life of an F-35A Maintainer 

11/05/2018The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is the most advanced, affordable fifth generation multi-role stealth fighter to meet Australia’s need to defeat emerging threats well into the future.  The… Read more »

The RAAF Explains the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter  

11/02/2018The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is the most advanced, affordable fifth generation multi-role stealth fighter to meet Australia’s need to defeat emerging threats well into the future.  The… Read more »

Evolving the F-16 for Expeditionary Operations: A Danish Perspective on Shaping a Multi-Mission Aircraft

10/30/2018By Robbin Laird During my visit to Denmark in October 2018, I had a chance to visit Fighter Wing Skrydstrup and my host for the day was “SON”… Read more »

The Royal Danish Air Force Works the Transition

10/28/2018By Robbin Laird During my recent visit to Denmark, I had the chance to visit the Royal Danish Air Force fighter base at Skrydstrup. Squadron 727 and Squadron… Read more »

RAAF F-35 Engineering Officer Is Awarded US Meritorious Service Medal

10/28/2018By Andrew McLaughlin The RAAF’s first F-35A engineering officer, SQNLDR Nathan Draper, has been recognised by the US with the awarding of a Meritorious Service Medal for his… Read more »

Belgium Picks the F-35: President Macron Responds

10/27/2018Belgium is a key member of the European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) group which has flown F-16s for three decades. Denmark, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal are the… Read more »

HMS Queen Elizabeth Concludes Initial F-35B Integration Tests

10/26/2018Second Line of Defense has followed the UK thinking, construction, and initial trials and preparation for operations by the new UK carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth throughout its… Read more »

5th Gen Enablement and the Evolution of Airpower: The Perspective of Major General Anders Rex

10/25/2018By Robbin Laird During my most recent visit to Denmark, I had a chance to visit Royal Danish Air Force bases in the Jutland area. This provided an… Read more »

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 »