Joint Strike Fighter Baby Born! Weighs just over 25,000 Pounds : )
The JSF has hit a big milestone. The fighter of the future is eagerly awaited by a number of Nations who are also participating in various stages of the project, helmed chiefly by Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, and BAE Systems.
Israel has expressed interest in obtaining the F-35 as a possible successor to the F-16 and is a minor contributor to the program, but hopes to be able to integrate advanced Israeli electronic systems to the capable multi role strike fighter.
Here’s some info on the Lockheed team’s milestone.
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team has completed assembly of the first F-35 aircraft and moved it out of the factory in preparation for an intensive period of ground testing. First flight of the F-35, a conventional takeoff and landing version, remains on schedule for this fall.
The move on Feb. 19 capped a thorough design update from the Concept Development Phase of the program, and an innovative production process that yielded unprecedented levels of assembly accuracy, fit and finish.
“Our team’s engineers, mechanics and assemblers deserve high praise for the precise way in which this airplane came together with very few issues,” said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and JSF program general manager. “The fact that this level of quality was achieved on our first aircraft, at the beginning of our learning curve, signals good things for the reliability and affordability of the thousands of F-35s that will follow.”
Well done Lockheed!
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