F-35 Lightning II Flight Test Update 4
22 March 2011
As of mid-March, the five F-35Bs flying at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, have completed a total of 316 flights and seventy-three vertical landings.
Lockheed Martin Does Engines
28 February 2011
The company credited with designing, developing, and manufacturing the U-2 Dragon Lady, C-130 Hercules, C-5 Galaxy, and F-16 Fighting Falcon also maintains, repairs, overhauls, and tests the engines that power these aircraft.
F-35 Lightning II Flight Test Update 3
22 November 2010
Fifteen total F-35 pilots have flown more than 700 hours on more than 490 flights (as of 15 November 2010) in the current System Development and Demonstration phase of the program.
2010 Tiger Meet
14 November 2010
Despite reduced attendance because of budget constraints or operational commitments, more than fifty aircraft participated, including F-16s, Mirage 2000s, JAS-39s, Tornados, Saab 105s as well as Hind and AB212 helicopters.
8 November 2010
Given the vital role the F-22 performs in projecting air power and considering that the US Air Force will have 187 aircraft by the time production winds down in early 2012, maintaining the fleet and keeping Raptors flying are the new imperatives.
Buzzards Over Afghanistan
6 November 2010
The 510th Fighter Squadron, the Buzzards, one of two F-16 squadrons based at Aviano AB in Italy, deployed to Bagram AB in Afghanistan from May through October 2010 for a scheduled Air Expeditionary Force rotation.
UAE Block 60s Leave Tucson
3 November 2010
After a decade of F-16 training with Arizona Air Guardsmen, the UAE Air Force and the 162nd Fighter Wing celebrate the successful conclusion of their formal relationship.
F-35 Anechoic Chamber Testing
25 October 2010
A variety of Lockheed Martin aircraft, from two versions of the F-111 to many versions of the F-16, have been tested in this electromagnetically clean environment. The latest airframe to be tested in the chamber is an F-35A.
Conformal Air Refueling Tank System
19 October 2010
The continuing evolution of the F-16 took another step forward in the fall of 2009 when a Fighting Falcon was aerial refueled from a probe-and-drogue refueling system for the first time.
F-35 Lightning II Flight Test Update 2
14 September 2010
Twelve company and military pilots are currently qualified to fly the F-35. Fourteen total F-35 pilots have flown more than 500 hours on more than 360 flights as of 26 August 2010 in the System Development and Demonstration phase of the program.