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F-35 drops its first bomb

The Lockheed Martin F-35 has dropped its first bomb during weapons separating trials at Patuxent River, Maryland. The aircraft  dropped the inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) on 8 August over the Atlantic test range while flying at 400 knots at an altitude of 4,200 feet. Lockheed Martin pilot Dan Levin dropped the […]

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Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle adds upgraded helmet mounted cueing system

Yesterday, my friend and colleague Greg Waldron, our defense reporter for Asia, reported that Boeing has integrated a new version of the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) onto its F-15SE Silent Eagle demonstrator aircraft.  The new helmet is called the JHMCS II/h–and it is designed to be lighter and better balanced. Read his story here […]

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British to take delivery of first F-35B tomorrow

The British are taking delivery of their first F-35B from Lockheed Martin tomorrow at the company’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas. I was originally planning on going, but I have a ton of work to do after last week’s Farnborough air show and the upcoming AVUSI show in Las Vegas, Nevada, so I am not. […]

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First ANG pilot starts transitioning to the F-35

Major Jay Spohn, the 33rd Operations Group’schief of Standards and Evaluation, had his first F-35 flight yesterday. Heneeds to complete five more rides before he becomes fully qualified as aninstructor in the jet. What’s unique about Spohn is not that he’s a WeaponsSchool grad or that he flew both the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog and […]

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F-35 flight training at Eglin picks up steam

F-35 pilot training at Eglin AFB, Florida, is picking up stream as the US Air Force‘s 33rd Fighter Wing gears up for its operational utility evaluation later this summer. Already, the unit has gradated its first true student–US Marine Corps Lt Col Roger Hardy–who finished his transition course last week. Hardy is the Defense Contract […]

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