F-35 Joint Strike Fighter News, Videos and pics Thread


Dec 22, 2018
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Updated F-35 Will Get Maritime Strike Capability


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I posted this just because of nostalgia LOL some my questions about a naval JSOW were my first posts to get deleted (it happened because a guy had said it's a weapon against Pirates, not Navies) back in 2014(?)
 

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The 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs has announced that the Eielson Air Force Base received its first two F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft on 21 April.

“It was a historic day for Eielson as the base received its first two F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft,” the Public Affairs message states.

In April 2016, it was officially announced the base was scheduled to receive two squadrons of F-35As as well as approximately 3,500 Airmen, contractors and their families. Construction began in early 2017 for projects regarding the F-35As arrival.

With the arrival, Eielson AFB is now Pacific Air Forces’ first base to house the fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

“This first aircraft is a milestone,” said Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 354th Fighter Wing commander. “Making the first aircraft arrival possible has been a long path, but it’s also just the first step in a journey that will continue at Eielson Air Force Base for decades to come.”

With a total of 54 F-35As scheduled to arrive by December 2021, Alaska will be the most concentrated state for combat-coded, fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The state will also continue to be a premiere training location as home to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex’s 75,000 square miles of airspace.

“When you station the F-35 at Eielson (AFB) and you have the F-22 Raptor down at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, working together in the JPARC with our 18th Aggressor Squadron and ground training assets, you have the perfect training field for the F-35 to develop,” Bishop said.

Maj. Kathryn Damron, the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, knows what this aircraft arrival signifies not only for her squadron, but for the base as a whole.

“We get to establish what the standard looks like for PACAF’s F-35s,” Damron said. “It’s a huge responsibility, and we don’t take it lightly.”

After months of preparation and support from units around Eielson AFB, the recently reactivated 356th Fighter Squadron is now ready to begin the journey to full operational capability.

“We recognize that when you do something big, like bring in a new mission and stand up a combat capability in a wing, that everybody on the base has a part to play in it,” said Lt. Col. James Christensen, the 356th Fighter Squadron commander.

Everybody is not limited to Eielson AFB personnel, but also includes the surrounding communities and their support as well.

“We as Airmen and families are part of the greater Fairbanks North Star Borough community and part of the Alaska community,” Bishop said. “To see the community come together to support this new mission is truly inspiring.”

The arrival of the F-35 at Eielson AFB turns a page in the history of airpower and in the history of the 354th Fighter Wing.

“We have a new mission,” Bishop said. “It’s here and we’re going to grow that mission as we continue to invest in our people, families and community. We won’t look back as we pioneer the airpower frontier.”
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LOL I wondered what the spin would be, and it's beautiful:
"For the F-35, ... the ability to fly supersonic is more of a “break glass in case of emergency” feature ..."

as I have repeatedly said, this aircraft is all about Lockheed Martin (
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) stocks
 
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The limitations were known since the X35 iteration @Jura. When The JSF program was launched it was know that they were willing to except trade offs.
the F35 in all iterations can I repeat CAN go super sonic. It’s just a question of for how long. it’s a short sprint not a long dash.
No it’s not LMT stocks. I am sick of reading that bull crap. They were offered to planes for the JSF and X35 was the clear winner. Had it been X32 You would be talking about it all being Boeing Stock.
 
The limitations were known since the X35 iteration @Jura. When The JSF program was launched it was know that they were willing to except trade offs.
the F35 in all iterations can I repeat CAN go super sonic. It’s just a question of for how long. it’s a short sprint not a long dash.
guess you need to ask the RN which will use F-35Bs also for CAP around its carriers, no?

No it’s not LMT stocks. I am sick of reading that bull crap. They were offered to planes for the JSF and X35 was the clear winner. Had it been X32 You would be talking about it all being Boeing Stock.
I would've been if that alternative program had been
  1. politically engineered in the way so that it can't get cancelled because it's spread all over the US through so called pork barrel (good for them) and the US allies (in a scheme
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    LOL) to make them pay (probably good for them)
  2. a lemon
I think #1 would've happened, too, and I guess also #2, because the whole Pentagon's idea of three-aircraft-in-one is bogus
 
... and I add to the above post what I was reluctant to say about late Sen. McCain in the past (when he was ill, and I liked him) which is he appeared to be a fierce critic of the F-35 (as in
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dated April 26, 2016), but not exactly, as he got F-35s to Luke AFB, surprise Arizona:
McCain, for instance, called the F-35 "an incredible waste of the taxpayer's dollar" at a 2011 hearing, but bragged during his 2016 reelection campaign that the fighter jet would be based at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and the Marine Corps air station in Yuma.
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c'est la vie, I guess
 

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