Program Expansion Continues
In 2014, the F-35 program team saw unprecedented progress as the enterprise was expanded and maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S. In addition, the program met its production goal of 36 aircraft delivered and new commitments were received from international partners and foreign military sales nations. Program highlights include:
The first F-35 assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered on March 14, 2014. It was the first of 144 F-35As scheduled for delivery to the base. The welcome ceremony marked the delivery of the 35th F-35 to the USAF and the stand-up of the eighth F-35 base.
Watch the ceremony:
Following a comprehensive evaluation process for their F-X program, the Republic of Korea announced their decision to procure the F-35 on March 24, 2014. The country joined Israel and Japan as the third Foreign Military Sales customer.
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the surrounding community welcomed home Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, July 11, 2014, as the first F-35B for the squadron arrived. Later in 2014, the Pilot Training Center and Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 kicked off the first F-35B pilot training course, also known as the F-35B Safe for Solo course.
The first two F-35
Lightning IIs for the Royal Australian Air Force were formally rolled out of
the Fort Worth factory on July 24, 2014. The aircraft, known as AU-1 and AU-2,
will be based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where they will be used for
Australian and partner country pilot training. See the ceremony highlights:
The F-35C successfully completed its first phase of sea trials three days early aboard the USS Nimitz. The cadre of F-35C test pilots logged a total of 39.2 flight hours as they conducted 33 flights featuring 124 catapults, 124 arrestments and 222 touch and go landings.