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09-18-2009, 04:52 PM
Joint Strike Fighter timeline moved up

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Sep 18, 2009 14:06:28 EDT

The Navy’s carrier version of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter will be ready for deployment earlier than expected, a Navy official said.

The Navy’s first F-35C squadron will be operational by September 2014, about six months earlier than the previous target date in 2015, said Lt. Callie Ferrari, a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon.

The F-35C’s timeline is critical, Navy officials say, to help reduce the “fighter gap,” the looming shortfall in fighter jets as the older F/A-18 Hornets wear out faster than the F-35Cs will arrive to replace them.

The Navy’s F-35C is slated for its first test flight later this year. The first operational aircraft will begin arriving in 2012 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where the first F-35 pilots will be trained, Navy officials said.


09-18-2009, 08:42 PM
Awesome. The F-35s are going to kick some ass.

09-19-2009, 01:09 AM
Glad to hear at least one aspect of the F-35 program is going along well. The V/STOL variant for the Marines and the Brits is still overweight as far as I know.