F-22 Deploys to the Baltics

05/02/2016
05/02/2016: On April 27th, 2016, F-22s deployed to the Baltics. According to an April 29, 2016 article in RFE/RL: The U.S. Air Force landed two of its most advanced jets in Lithuania for the first time on April 27 in a show of support for a region worried by Russian…

62nd Fighter Squadron Gets First F-35s

08/16/2015
08/16/2015: 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base accepting its first two F-35 aircraft. There will be 18 total F-35s joining the squadron over the next year. The jets will be flown by instructor pilots preparing for the first class of students in March 2016. The 62nd FS will…

First Italian F-35 Rolls Out from Cameria FACO

03/16/2015
03/15/2015: CAMERI, ITALY, March 12, 2015 According to a press release issued at the time of the roll out, the importance of the follout of the first F-35A from the Cameri facility. History was achieved today when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Final Assembly and…

Luke AFB and the F-35

07/03/2013
07/03/2013: The Air Force announced that Luke AFB has been chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lightning II aircraft, bringing the eventual total number of the fifth-generation fighters expected here to 144. Credit: 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs: 6/27/13 The Air Force's initial decision to establish an F-35…

F-35 Pilots Comment on Flying the Aircraft

07/12/2012
At the Farnbourgh Air Show three pilots of the F-35 discussed the plane.  We will post their discussions when the video is available.  This post from Defense Technology provides an initial read of what they said. Lockheed’s chief test pilot, Alan Norman, said he was amazed how “easy” it was…

Missile Defense Agency – FTM-18 Flight Test

07/02/2012
07/02/2012:The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, resulting in the intercept of a target missile over the Pacific Ocean. Missile Defense Agency - FTM-18 Flight Test from SldInfo.com on Vimeo.…

The Japanese F-35 Decision: A Building Block in A New Pacific Strategy

01/08/2012
01/08/2012 - by Robbin Laird The F-35 will be a cornerstone of Japanese defense.  The Japanese know something about technology.  As a leader in technology worldwide, the Japanese decision validates the cutting edge role of the F-35. The F-35 is the first aircraft in history which can see 360 degrees…

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11/17/2010
Building the Final Test USMC Aircraft 11/17/2010 - This slide show features shots of the final test USMC aircraft being built at the Lockheed Martin facility. [slidepress gallery='building-the-final-test-usmc-aircraft-views-of-bf-5-september-2010'] Credit: Lockheed Martin, September 5th, 2010 Various shots taken in September 2010 feature the engine for the aircraft, and various shots of…