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British engineering at its finest…

Alright, I’m stretching the description a bit, but there is some UK content on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 you just have to squint abit to see it and it’s stood next to the greatest fighter of World War II made by those fine folks at Supermarine in Eastleigh. And yes, I’m aware this blog is starting […]

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F-35 latest: refuelling tests, complete with external weapons

The Lockheed Martin F-35A on April 21, completed the programme’s first in-flight refueling mission while configured with external weapons at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Test aircraft AF-4 was fitted with two external inert AIM-9X weapons and four external stores. Internally, the jet was carrying two Joint Direct Attack Munitions and two Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles.  The […]

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Night refuelling for the F-35

Fresh from Lockheed Martin’s Flickr page – here’s another sunset shot of the F-35, this time on its first night refuelling mission on 22 March from Edwards AFB. Credit: Lockheed Martin

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F-35 promised a starring role in Top Gun 2

Following on from Steve Trimble’s blog post over on thedewline (the latter half of which may have been written after one too many mint juleps), we give you a snapshot of how the Lockheed Martin F-35 might look in Top Gun 2. Cue that god-awful soundtrack… Credit: Lockheed Martin

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F-35′s first night flight

It’s exceptionally cheesy, it’s very Top Gun, but hell, it’s Friday – here’s a shot of the Lockheed Martin on its first night flight. Credit: Lockheed Martin

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Rare good news for the F-35 with Japan win

The Lockheed Martin F-35 gets a lot of bad press: programme delays, flight test woes, cost overruns, budget scrutiny… the list is depressingly long. All that, of course, obscures what a piece of work the JSF is. Now it’s got a rare piece of good news with Japan’s decision to pick it to replace its aging F-4 […]

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F-35B hits the deck (in a good way)

With all the bad publicity surrounding Lockheed Martin’s F-35, here’s a piece of good news illustrated in visual form: an F-35B successfully performing the first carrier landing of any of any JSF, touching down on the deck of the USS Wasp. All the F-35B has to do now is avoid cancellation… Credit: US Navy

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Turkey retires first squadron of F-4 Phantoms

Turkey has disbanded its first squadron of McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom strike aircraft, under a transition plan leading to its future operation of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Continue reading…

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Lockheed Martin F-22 production line

Earlier this month Stephen Trimble’s blog The DEW Line reported that the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recommended halting the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor  production at 186 aircraft. Pictured here is the F-22 production line. In the meantime, the US Air Force has cleared a five-year upgrade project to allow the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor to communicate with other […]

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Saab Gripen loses out to Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF

Saab has launched a fierce attack on the assessment process which led the Norwegian government to eliminate its Gripen NG design last month in favour of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, accusing the nation of conducting “an incomplete, or even faulty, analysis”. Read more…

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