Australian F-35As Rolled Out

Posted 24 July 2014
Photo by Angel DelCueto

The first two F-35A Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force, or RAAF, were rolled out in ceremonies at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on 24 July 2014. Speakers at the ceremony included Frank Kendall, the US undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, and Air Marshal Geoff Brown, Chief of the RAAF. More than 300 people were in attendance. The aircraft (RAAF serial numbers A35-001 and A35-002), are scheduled to be delivered to the RAAF later this year, and will be based at Luke AFB, Arizona, where they will be used for Australian and partner country pilot training. The first F-35s to operate in Australia are expected by 2017.

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