2nd April 2013
Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes first flight
April 2, 2013 - the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a series of company and government checkout flights prior to its acceptance by the U.K Ministry of Defence. ZM137 will join U.K. aircraft ZM135 and ZM136 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this year where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training.
25th March 2013
UK Stealth fighters base announced
Ministry of Defence News Article
March 25, 2013 - The UK's Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today. The Lightning II is the most advanced jet our Armed Forces have ever operated and the decision to base it at RAF Marham has secured the future of the base. The decision will also mean new investment and infrastructure to make RAF Marham the Main Operating Base for the aircraft. Lightning II will be jointly operated by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy and the aircraft will operate from the Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers as well as from RAF Marham. The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, visited RAF Marham this morning to view the facilities and talk to personnel ahead of the announcement.
1st February 2013
Martin-Baker delivers first Ejection Seat for LRIP 5
1st February 2013 marked another key milestone in the JSF Programme for Martin-Baker – the first delivery of ejection seats for LRIP 5. LRIP 5 consists of 32 ejection seats in total. This includes 22 F-35A’s for USAF, 3 F-35B’s for USMC and 7 F-35C’s for USN. Martin-Baker has delivered 104 US16E ejections seats in total. The 100th US16E seat was shipped to Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth on 23rd October 2012. To date, Martin-Baker has completed all LRIP IV deliveries up to and including F-35 aircraft CF-9 and almost completed the upgrades for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) aircraft fleet. Lockheed Martin confirmed on 30th January 2013 that the 100th F-35 is now on the production line. The 100th aircraft, known as AF-41, is a CTOL variant which is due to be delivered to the USAF for pilot training at Luke Air Force Base.
30th January 2013
100th F-35 on Lockheed Martin's Production Line
FORT WORTH, Texas. 30th January 2013 - Assembly of the 100th Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II is well underway at the F-35 production facility here. F-35 technicians are in the final phase of building the wings that will be installed on the 100th aircraft knows as AF-41. AF-41, a Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) variant, is one of 88 F-35s in various stages of completion on Lockheed Martin production lines Forth Worth and Marietta, Ga., and supplier locations around the world. The jet will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force and is slated for pilot training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
23rd October 2012
Martin-Baker delivers 100th US16E Ejection Seat to Lockheed Martin
The 23rd October 2012 marked a key milestone in the JSF Programme for Martin-Baker - the 100th US16E seat. Seat serial #100 was shipped to Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. To date, Martin-Baker has completed all LRIP IV deliveries to up and including F-35 aircraft CF-9 and almost completed the upgrades for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) aircraft fleet.