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The ABCs of the F-35: Why Are There Three Variants?

The F-35 jet has three variants: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier variant (CV). The three variants perform similarly and are mainly distinguished by their different basing requirements. As a result, the F-35B…

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F-35 to get automatic ground collision avoidance

The Air Force will soon operate F-35s with fast-evolving collision-avoidance technology able to help fighter jets avoid ground collisions by using computer automation to redirect an aircraft in the event that a pilot is injured or incapacitated. Later this year, the Air Force will fly…

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Air Force Secretary visits Fairbanks

In a visit to Fairbanks and Eielson Air Force Base Friday afternoon, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was cautious in her remarks about the Space Force, a new branch of the military discussed by Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday. “I think the best that’s happened…

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Watch F-35A fly low in “Beast Mode”

23 TES (Test & Evaluation Squadron), the Dutch unit based at Edwards Air Force Base and responsible for the F-35 Operational Test and Evaluation Phase (OT&E) as part of the Joint Operational Test Team, has carried out a series of tests with external weapons last…

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First F-35 search and rescue exercise

Marine Corps units from Air Station Beaufort joined members of the U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital Beaufort, Savannah Coast Guard and local responders on a first-ever search and rescue exercise with F-35 fighters July 27. The exercise, which took place on the Beaufort River, paired pilots…

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USAF reveals intentions to acquire light attack fighter fleet

After more than a year of flight demonstrations the US Air Force is formally moving the light attack aircraft experiment into the acquisitions phase, with the intention that it will award a production contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation or Textron Aviation in the fourth quarter…

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Bill directs construction spending to Alaska

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense authorization bill Wednesday, directing more than $250 million in military spending to Alaska and directing the Navy to procure a new Arctic icebreaker. The $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act sets the defense plan for fiscal year 2019,…

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Public Comment Period ends July 31

The public comment period for the Regional Growth Plan closes on July 31st. Community input is critical to the success of the plan, and key to maximizing the benefits of Eielson Air Force Base growth for FNSB residents. How to Access the Draft Plan View, download and/or…

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Education Snapshot: Eielson Regional Growth Plan

We are excited to present the second Eielson Regional Growth Plan Snapshot #2: Education and Early Childhood Development Demand, Capacity and Example Recommended Strategies for Addressing the Estimated Gap What do we know about potential demand for education and early childhood development programs, services and facilities? The…

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Lockheed Martin To Hire 400 People For F-35 Production

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is hosting a hiring event on July 30 in search of 400 more employees for its F-35 production teams. “The F-35 is an iconic product that represents the best of U.S. innovation, technology leadership, and advanced manufacturing,” said chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson….

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