The Norwegian government wants to go forward with its plans to aquire an initial batch of four F-35 jets in 2016. Based on new U.S. cost data the overall cost picture has changed little.
The entire fleet of F-35 Lightning II jets has been grounded pending an investigation into what caused a dual generator failure and an oil leak during flight tests of AF-04 at Edwards Air Force Base.
In the heart of the Air Force's largest base, surrounded by Air Force blue, sits Capt. Michael Saunders. The former Top Gun skipper and current 33rd Operations Group deputy commander is charged with spearheading efforts in building the future fifth generation Naval fighter.
The JSF program flew its second production F-35 on Friday March 4th.
The first production F-35 made its inaugural flight on Friday marking another milestone for the F-35 program.
Alan "Al" Norman
, a veteran Lockheed Martin experimental test pilot, was recently named Chief Test Pilot for the F-35 Lightning II program.
The Defense Department's joint strike fighter program is on track to field the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II in fiscal 2016, the program's director said February 15.
The carrier variant of the F-35 (CF-1) Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time with a Navy test pilot at the controls February 11.
The tenth F-35 fighter to enter flight testing had its first flight on December 30th, 2010.
The F-35 program has achieved its goal of 394 test flights for 2010.
Lockheed Martin has received a $3.5 billion contract modification from the U.S. Department of Defense to manufacture 31 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in the fourth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP).
The F-35 test program is maintaining pace and has completed its 500th flight. The notable flight was achieved by the BF-04 STOVL variant on Thursday November 18 at NAS Patuxent River.
The fundamental building block for all future avionics software on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has entered flight testing on an F-35 test jet.
Good progress is being made in F-35 flight testing by the CTOL and CV versions. F-35B STOVL mode flights have resumed, but the variant is still behind schedule.
Following the Israeli Government decision to select the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the Israel Air Force's next-generation fighter aircraft, Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General (Maj. Gen. Ret.) Udi Shani signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the F-35 aircraft in New York.