Test Team Verifies Procedures to Recover Downed F-35

04/04/2019
Even the most advanced aircraft in the world may not always have a successful landing. Or, it can just simply get stuck somewhere. That’s why a team of testers from Edwards AFB linked up with representatives from Lockheed Martin to go over crash recovery procedures for the F-35 Lightning II…

Italian Built F-35 Makes First Flight

09/21/2015
09/21/2015: The F-35 is being built on three final assembly lines. The main one is in Fort Worth Texas. The second one is located at Cameri Air Force Base in Italy. This facility will transition to a full up maintenance facility after its run of planes have been built. Planes…

F-35A Lightning II Aerial Footage Hill AFB

09/21/2015
09/21/2015: An F-16C from the 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, UT, escorts two F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Fort Worth, TX, to Hill AFB on September 2, 2015. The two Lightning II aircraft are the Air Force’s first two combat-coded F-35As to be permanently assigned to the 34th…

Visiting the F-35 Final Assembly Line, Fort Worth

03/01/2015
02/26/2015: By Robbin Laird I had not visited the Final Assembly Line or FAL in Fort Worth since late 2012. Much has changed as the line has matured, and a line stood up in Cameri, Italy and one being built in Japan. The first Italian FACO F-35 rollout will happen…

F-35s on the Final Assembly Line: November 2012

11/28/2012
11/27/2012: On our visit to the Fort Worth FAL in November 2012, we walked the factory floor after our visit to Yuma in preparation for the arrival of planes for the F-35 squadron there.  During the visit, we saw several F-35Bs for the Yuma squadron(s) being built or prepared for…