VIDEO: Lockheed Martin lifts veil on F-35 factory



This video, posted yesterday on YouTube, shows the all the good and bad points about the F-35 factory in Fort Worth, Texas. You see the electronic mate and alignment system (EMALS), the sophisticated tool where the wings and fuselage are joined together. But you also see the distant wing assembly area, which is currently located far from the desired production flow. You also see the static final assembly line. In 2011, this part of the line is supposed to start moving. And you also see workers working in horizontal positions, which is only necessary to complete out-of-sequence, or “travelled”, work. By 2016, Lockheed plans to be delivering F-35s the way Boeing currently delivers 737s and Airbus builds A320s — at peak rates of one per day.

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3 Responses to VIDEO: Lockheed Martin lifts veil on F-35 factory

  1. ELP 15 July, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    That was cute with the robot doing the ribbon cutting on that one facility.

    Looks good. Right now, the biggest “out of sequence” work is the lack of flight testing.

  2. airplane jim 15 July, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    “Right now, the biggest “out of sequence” work is the lack of flight testing.”

    Correct! And the problem with that is we are building more F-35′s without flight test data. That has the large potential for post production work to fix problems. Post production problem solving is much more costly than out of sequence. It might be a good idea to stop until we have the major part of flight test results so we don’t build a bunch of turkeys.

  3. Mike 18 July, 2009 at 2:30 am #

    Can we assume Burbage77 is Tom Burbage, VP at Lockheed Martin?

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