Where are F-35 flight tests taking place, and how are they progressing?

Flight tests are currently under way at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. All three F-35 variants are currently in flight test. We continue integration and verification testing of the F-35 software systems to include flying to all edges of the flight envelope and weapons testing . We also built six ground-test F-35s to verify structural integrity and a full-scale radar-signature test model. At the end of 2014, approximately 65 percent of the SDD test program was completed.

When will the F-35 be flown in combat?

The F-35B reached initial operational capability (IOC) with the U.S. Marine Corps in July 2015. Based on the current F-35 services schedule, the F-35A will reach the initial operational capability (IOC) in July 2016, and the F-35C will reach the IOC milestone by February 2018.

How many states are involved in the F-35 program?

Forty-five states, plus Puerto Rico.

Which states will benefit most from the F-35 program?

The major production and testing states for the F-35 program are Texas, Georgia, California, Arizona and Florida. Other states that have a significant supplier economic footprint are:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Washington

In total,45 states and Puerto Rico have F-35 suppliers. Learn more.

How many aircraft will each nation buy? How does this affect our security? How does this affect the price?

The current international partners' planned quantities are as follows: United States, 2,443; United Kingdom, 138; Italy, 90; Netherlands, 37; Turkey, 100; Australia, 100; Norway, 52; Denmark, 30; Canada, 65. Foreign military sales customers' planned quantities are Israel, 33, Japan, 42 and South Korea 40. In total, the total number of F-35s scheduled for production is more than 3,100 Joint coalitions with fleets of fully interoperable F-35s will have the capacity to operate with unimpeded collaboration, while maintaining security and air superiority.