Boeing fitted the single piece wing for its X-32B Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstrator at Palmdale, California on 20 September. The assembly of the X32B wing took one third less time than its predecessor, the X-32A, says Boeing which attributes the increased speed to "lean concepts" and an innovative management approach. The X-32B will demonstrate Boeing's direct-lift propulsion concept for short take off and vertical landing, as well as hover and transition to forward flight.

Source: Flight International