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Posted: 2/20/2006 10:35:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/20/2006 10:41:28 PM EDT by NYPatriot]
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FORT WORTH, Texas, February 20, 2006 --

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team has completed assembly of the first F-35 aircraft and moved it out of the factory in preparation for an intensive period of ground testing. First flight of the F-35, a conventional takeoff and landing version, remains on schedule for this fall.

The first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter moves from the factoryThe first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter moves from the factory to a fueling facility at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb.19 achieving another major milestone toward first flight planned later this year. Workers completed assembly of the aircraft on Feb. 17.

The move on Feb. 19 capped a thorough design update from the Concept Development Phase of the program, and an innovative production process that yielded unprecedented levels of assembly accuracy, fit and finish.

“Our team's engineers, mechanics and assemblers deserve high praise for the precise way in which this airplane came together with very few issues,” said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and JSF program general manager. “The fact that this level of quality was achieved on our first aircraft, at the beginning of our learning curve, signals good things for the reliability and affordability of the thousands of F-35s that will follow.”

Mechanics transferred the airplane to a nearby fueling facility where it will initially undergo a thorough fuel-system check-out. Structural coupling and ground-vibration testing will follow. Engine runs will begin in late spring and will lead into taxi tests in advance of first flight.

“I look at what this airplane is going to do, how it is going to change the nature of tactical warfare, and I am amazed,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. C.R. Davis, deputy executive officer of the Joint Strike Fighter program. “This program is young, and plenty of hard work remains ahead, but the F-35's move to the flightline is a major milestone. It's a great day.”

The stealthy F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5th-generation fighter designed to replace aging AV-8B Harriers, A-10s, F-16s, F/A-18 Hornets and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers.

Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan and the F136 turbofan from the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team. Each power plant produces 40,000 pounds of thrust, making the F-35 the most powerful single-engine fighter ever to fly.




I can't wait till this bird is up & flying in great numbers!

Oh, and one more thing: BUILD MORE F-22s'!

Plan ahead for once.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 10:42:18 PM EDT
That is one beautiful bird....

Link Posted: 2/20/2006 11:37:25 PM EDT
apparently a good dogfighter too, was talking to one of the test pilots and he said it can own an f-18.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 3:16:34 AM EDT
it looks kinda like a baby F-22. Cool.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 5:59:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By freeride21a:
apparently a good dogfighter too, was talking to one of the test pilots and he said it can own an f-18.



HERESY! The SuperBug owns all, don't you know?
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:44:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By freeride21a:
apparently a good dogfighter too, was talking to one of the test pilots and he said it can own an f-18.



Errr, how would anyone know?
The F-35 hasn't even flown yet.
The X-35's are nothing like what the F-35's are going to be.


The first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter moves from the factory to a fueling facility
at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb.19 achieving another major
milestone toward first flight planned later this year. Workers completed
assembly of the aircraft on Feb. 17.
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