Italian Wing Components Make First F-35 Flight

Posted 6 March 2014
Photo by Alexander H. Groves

The first F-35 wing components manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi were flown for the first time on 6 March 2014. The Italian -manufactured wing components installed on an F-35A (US Air Force serial number 11-5033) that will be delivered to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, later this year. Alenia Aermacchi is expected to produce more than 800 wings and wing components for the F-35 global fleet and is also responsible for, in coordination with Lockheed Martin, the assembly of all Italian F-35s manufactured at the recently established Final Assembly and Checkout, or FACO, facility in Cameri, Novara, Italy.

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