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Christmas comes early for Joint Strike Fighter

Lockheed Martin confirms the BF-1 — an F-35 flight test aircraft — yesterday ended a 33-day, post-ferry hiatus, finally logging its first flight from the US Navy test center at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. The video above shows when the F-35 first arrived at Pax River on 15 November. The short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) variant’s […]

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VIDEO: Another delay for F-35 vertical landing test?

The timing of the first vertical landing for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter seems to defy schedules even more than its lift fan defies gravity.Gen James Conway, commandant of the US Marine Corps and the F-35B’s biggest customer, let slip yesterday that the jump-jet’s critical first vertical landing event could happen as late as June, […]

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F-16 lays golden egg for Dutch farmer?

This story is why blogs were invented.A Dutch farmer last year received a claim for 3,500 Euros ($5,175) from the Ministry of Defense. Why, you may ask? Because the noise from an F-16 so confused the farmer’s cockatoo that the Malaysian member of the parrot family ate its own egg, the Telegraaf newspaper reports today. […]

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#DXB09: F-35 Lightning steals Rafale thunder in Dubai

Source: Lockheed Martin Today’s lesson: Never count out the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This was supposed to be a big show for the Dassault Rafale. But after the first day it’s already clear the United Arab Emirates isn’t any closer to signing a long-awaited contract. Meanwhile, the previously beleaguered F-35 — beset by recent […]

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How to build the F-35 center fuselage

Northrop Grumman has started building the center fuselage for the first international F-35 — BK-1, ordered by the United Kingdom. In hono(u)r of the occasion, I build a flow-chart based on Lockheed Martin images showing 12 major steps in the center fuselage assembly process. Note: The chart describes the conventional take-off and landing variants center […]

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F-35 hearts Seoul

Lockheed Martin has doubled-down on its F-35 proposal to South Korea, my colleague in Singapore Siva Govindasamy reports.To steal a contract that presumably favors Boeing’s V-tailed F-15 Silent Eagle, Lockheed sales veep Steve O’Bryan made the following promises at the Seoul Air Show last week: Delivery slots in 2014 Second-tier supplier deals Final assembly role […]

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Lockheed dogfights F-35 JET

Quoting a single, anonymous source, InsideDefense.com today reported that the Pentagon’s Joint Estimating Team (JET) has concluded the F-35 faces another multi-billion dollar overrun and more schedule delays. If true, the JET might have simply re-affirmed the conclusions in last year’s report (click here — see page 8) , which projected a nearly $7 billion […]

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F-35′s nose: Sweet, fruity yet sophisticated

The DEW Line thanks the folks at Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth for fashioning commemorative bottles of F-35 chardonnay, and, of course, to “spacer01″ for posting the picture on Twitter. Thanks to them, we may be able to answer the critical question — decades ahead of schedule, mind you: How well does the […]

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VIDEO: More Bloomberg TV on F-35

Lockheed Martin told me they received special dispensations from the Pentagon to allow Bloomberg to report live from the F-35′s factory floor. I posted Bloomberg’s interview with CEO Bob Stevens yesterday, but here are the full reports.

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F-35C: Spoiler alert!

Rob Coppinger, Flightglobal’s tech and space editor, is covering the AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference in Denver, and he reports: Lockheed Martin is developing a spoiler for F-35C Joint Strike Fighter flight test aircraft to counter potential wing drop in transonic turns. Wing drop in high rate transonic turns is a problem because it results in […]

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