F-35 fires first AIM-9X missile

January 28, 2016

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — An F-35 fighter jet from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12.



F-35 program on the right track

January 7, 2016

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Lockheed-Martin and the Pentagon’s F-35 Program Office say they’ve finished delivering jets for 2015, increasing their yield from last year by 25 percent.



Arnold AFB test teams prepped F-35 for first external weapons release

December 10, 2015

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. — Testing in the aerodynamic wind tunnels at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex helped prepare the Navy variant of the F-35 Lightning II for its first external weapons release, officials said.



First Italian F-35 mission highlights partnerships

November 12, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Two Italian pilots completed their initial F-35 Lightning II training flights Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base, marking the first F-35 flights under control of Italian pilots.



F135 engine testing benefits F-35

November 12, 2015

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. — The full hot-life capability of Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine, which is used in the F-35 Lightning II, was successfully demonstrated during accelerated mission testing at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex.



F-35 gun test a success

November 12, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Since it probably won’t be of much use on the ground, F-35 testers at the Pentagon decided to give the jet’s gun a try in the air.



AF leaders testify on F-35 progress

November 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leaders in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office and the Air Force F-35 Integration Office testified on the fifth-generation aircraft’s development before a House Armed Services subcommittee Oct. 21 on Capitol Hill.



Air Force sets weight restrictions for F-35 pilots

October 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders recently made a decision to restrict pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to safety concerns about the ejection seat in a portion of the flight envelope.



Hill commemorates new era in combat air power

October 22, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill and the Top of Utah community officially welcomed the F-35 Lightning II at a ceremony Oct. 14, an event that formally marked the beginning of F-35 operations for the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings.



F-35 receives first fuel from RAAF tanker

October 8, 2015

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A U.S. Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter completed its first aerial refueling from a Royal Australian Air Force tanker here on Sept. 25.

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