MILESTONE MOMENT: Workers at Lockheed Martin's plant at Fort Worth, Texas are pictured last week preparing to load the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) into its assembly fixture.

The completed aft fuselage, built by BAE Systems in the UK, was shipped on time and will be joined to the existing aircraft assembly which can be seen behind the aft fuselage.

The Lockheed Martin-built front fuselage and the Northrop Grumman-built centre fuselage make up the remainder of the F-35 airframe.

Source: Flight Daily News