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Most F-35s Resume Flight Status

Now that inspections are complete, more than 80 percent of all F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that had been grounded are flying again. The F-35 Joint Program Office announced Oct. 15 that work continues with Pratt and Whitney, manufacturer of the plane’s engines, to replace fuel…

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Pentagon Grounds F-35 Fleet Following Crash

The Pentagon grounded its fleet of F-35 strike fighter jets on Thursday, weeks after one crashed in South Carolina in another setback for the advanced aircraft that has long been mired in mechanical problems. The decision to halt F-35 flights stems from what the military…

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F-35 Wins Pentagon Approval for Combat Testing

Pentagon weapons buyer Ellen Lord has approved plans to begin full combat testing of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35, a major step toward full production of the fighter jet planned for next year. Lord, the under secretary for acquisition, “certified readiness to enter operational testing after concurring”…

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America’s most expensive weapons system got cheaper

The Pentagon’s largest weapons supplier just cut a deal with the Defense Department for the next batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters — a program with an initial acquisition cost of $406.5 billion. The latest contract for 141 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35’s will come at a…

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The US F-35 has entered combat for the first time

The US has sent the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter into combat for the first time, CNN reported Thursday, citing defense officials. A Marine Corps F-35B launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex conducted an airstrike in support of ground clearance operations on a fixed…

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United Technologies awarded $454M for F-35 work

United Technologies has received contracts totaling $454 million for procurement and services for engines on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The two contract awards, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, cover services for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense participants and…

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F-35A Nose Down At Eglin AFB After Inflight Emergency

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force base has made an emergency landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Though there are still limited details about what happened, the stealthy fighter apparently suffered an…

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NASA examining US fighter pilot hypoxia problem

US fighter pilots are having trouble breathing and NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center has been asked to look into the problem. Over the next few months, test pilots at the Langley Research Center in Virginia will spend 160 flight hours carrying out a series of…

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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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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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