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Lockheed: F-35A order count includes F-15C/Ds & F-15Es

After I pestered Lockheed Martin Vice President Steve O’Bryan over F-35A numbers at yesterday’s press conference, the company asked their analysts in Fort Worth to provide a complete explanation. As you may recall, I asked O’Bryan how Lockheed could continue to say that the US Air Force will order 1,763 jets after the Quadrennial Defense […]

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PHOTO: Sweet shot of BF-2 arriving at Pax River

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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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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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VIDEO: Lockheed CEO Bob Stevens on F-35

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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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Lockheed: F-35 budget strategy may add billions to development costs

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faces a series of multi-billion dollar annual cost overruns if the US Department of Defense continues a shift to a more conservative budgeting stance. The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2010 budget request for the F-35 contains a hidden cost overrun worth $480 million. The extra money was […]

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F-35C meets US Navy’s single-engine derision

When Lockheed Martin rolls out the F-35C on July 28, US Navy pilots will be one step closer to operating a single-engine fighter off a carrier deck. The DEW Line contributor Dave Majumdar explores this issue with an active F/A-18 pilot with more than 1,700 flying hours, who asked to remain anonymous. If there is […]

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New stealth tricks in store for F-35?

Aerospace blogger and journalist Dave Majumdar, a contributor to The DEW Line, has interviewed Lockheed Martin and F-35 program officials in advance of roll-out of CF-1, the first prototype of the naval variant.  Debuting on the July 28 is the US Navy’s first all-aspect stealth aircraft, the F-35C. Designed to meet the stringent requirements for […]

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