Lockheed Martin's First Female F-35 Production and Training Pilot Takes Flight
On June 7, 2021, Monessa “Siren” Balzhiser took flight as Lockheed Martin’s first female F-35 Production and Training Pilot. The former United States Air Force F-16 pilot joins the ranks of an elite group of female F-35 pilots that have paved the way before her.
U.S. Navy Air Wing 2 Completes Carrier Qualifications
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 successfully completed carrier qualifications aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), June 10, after four days of flight deck operations designed to ready the squadrons and carrier for future operations.
UK, US F-35Bs Attack ISIS in First Combat Missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth
The United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group has joined the fight against Daesh, also known as ISIS, with F-35B Lightning II jets carrying out their very first combat missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth.
How the F-35 has Reshaped the Strategic Balance in Europe
Because of its heavy investment in military technology, Russia was recently thought to have achieved an edge in air power over its NATO rivals. However, that advantage is now up for debate due to the purchase of the F-35 by many countries in NATO, including some on the front line with Russia.