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F-35 Could Be Deployed To Mideast Soon; Brexit Dominates NATO Summit

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LONDON: Gen. Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, pulled no punches when I asked him at the Royal International Air Tattoo if the F-35’s flying displays in Britain should be read as a signal to Russia. “Yes. You bet.” Several generals at the Royal International Air Tattoo agreed with Carlisle’s view that the plane’s appearance at RIAT and… Keep reading →

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Gen. Gorenc On Import of F-35 Debut To NATO At RIAT

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RIAT: The F-35’s international debut here at RIAT isn’t just about NATO, Russia, China and other threats. It’s also about the Air Force’s future as Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of US Air Forces Europe, knows. His son, Lt. Col. Stephen Nichols, was one of the F-35A pilots who deployed to Mountain Home Air Force Base… Keep reading →

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Brexit, Russian Threat Shape Farnborough; F-35 Dominates Show

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The Lockheed Martin F-35B advanced short take-off and vertical landing aircraft will make its debut at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. The last combat aircraft in this class to premiere at Farnborough was the Yakovlev Yak-41 (Yak-141) Freestyle more than 20 years ago. How times have changed. The Freestyle was unarguably a star of what… Keep reading →

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When It Rains, It Pours F-35s: Pratt Wins $1.5B For Lot 10 Engines Plus…

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RIAT: Who knows if it’s coincidence or not, but the Pentagon today announced that after a seemingly endless negotiation for the tenth Low Rate Initial Production lot, Pratt and Whitney was awarded $1.5 billion for 99 F135 engines, as well as backups and spare parts.  Unit prices for the conventional takeoff and landing systems came down by 2.6 percent.… Keep reading →

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Air Combat Commander Bullish On F-35 IOC

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RIAT: No roadblocks stand in the way of approving Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the Air Force’s F-35A, Gen. Hawk Carlisle said here today. The head of Air Combat Command — who is the man charged with ensuring Lockheed Martin meets all the benchmarks for IOC — made clear nothing would happen until Air Force… Keep reading →

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DepSecDef Work Leads US To Farnborough; F-35B, P-8, & F-18 To Fly

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PENTAGON: He won’t be there for long, less than half a day, but Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work will attend the Farnborough Air Show and discuss his Third Offset Strategy in closed-door meetings. It marks a boost in firepower for the air show, which has usually seen Frank Kendall, the head of Pentagon acquisition, there as… Keep reading →

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F-35As And F-35Bs Cross Atlantic; ALIS Working ‘As Advertised’

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UPDATED: With F-35A Pilot And Mechanic Interviews CORRECTED: Caption Misidentified MSgt De Leon As Former Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy… The Air Force pilots who flew the F-35A models across the Atlantic Thursday for seven hours and 45 minutes reported a nearly flawless ride in a comfortable cockpit that included seven airborne refuelings. But the most… Keep reading →

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F-35Bs Land In UK Today; Hover & Refueling Demos At RIAT, Farnborough

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The first three F-35Bs to leave the United States land in the United Kingdom today, having left the US this morning. The Air Force’s two F-35As leave tomorrow. Perhaps the highlight of this year’s Farnborough Air Show and Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) will come when the B models, used by the US Marines and Royal… Keep reading →

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