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    1,000 and Counting – The F-35B’s Journey to the 1,000th Vertical Landing

    On April 21, 2016, at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (Pax), BAE Systems test pilot, Peter “Wizzer” Wilson, strapped into the cockpit of the F-35B and prepared for another day in the office. For Wizzer and the test team, the day consisted of five ski-jump sorties with a total of five vertical landings.

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    1,000 and Counting – The F-35B’s Journey to the 1,000th Vertical Landing
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    F-35 Engineers Use Thor to Build Stealth into the Lightning II

    The F-35’s stealth capabilities are unrivaled in tactical fighter aviation. With low observability attributes built into the jet from the beginning of the design process – structural shape, internal weapons carriages, embedded sensors, stealth coatings and more – the aircraft can go virtually undetected to enemy radar.

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    F-35 Engineers Use Thor to Build Stealth into the Lightning II
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    Where the Rubber Meets the Tarmac: F-35 Site Activation

    By 2020, an estimated 25 Air Force Bases (AFB), Naval Air Stations (NAS), Marine Corps Air Stations (MCAS) and other partner installations around the world will operate and maintain F-35s. Before each location receives an F-35, however, the site must be “activated” and declared ready to operate and maintain the jets. Enter the F-35 Site Activation Team.

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    Where the Rubber Meets the Tarmac: F-35 Site Activation