F-35 Light­ning II pro­gramme sur­passes 10,000 flight hours


The Lock­heed Martin F-35 Light­ning II pro­gramme con­tin­ues its op­er­a­tional mat­u­ra­tion, sur­pass­ing 10,000 flight hours in Septem­ber. More than half of the to­tal hours were ac­cu­mu­lated in just the past 11 months. Through Septem­ber, F-35s flew 6,492 times for a to­tal of 10,077 flight hours. The new mile­stone ef­fec­tively dou­bles the safe flight op­er­a­tions of the F-35 in a year, com­pared to reach­ing 5,000 flight hours in six years.

This mile­stone was achieved by op­er­a­tional pro­duc­tion air­craft op­er­at­ing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion Yuma, Ari­zona, where F-35 pilots and air­craft main­tain­ers con­duct train­ing and the com­bined F-35 sys­tem de­vel­op­ment and demon­stra­tion (SDD) and op­er­a­tional test (OT) air­craft op­er­at­ing at Ed­wards AFB, Cal­i­for­nia, Naval Air Sta­tion Patux­ent River, Maryland, and Nel­lis AFB, Ne­vada. All three vari­ants: the F-35A con­ven­tional take­off and land­ing (CTOL), the F-35B short take­off/ ver­ti­cal land­ing (STOVL), and the F-35C car­rier vari­ant (CV) par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme mile­stone.

The F-35 Light­ning II is a fifth gen­er­a­tion fighter, com­bin­ing ad­vanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor in­for­ma­tion, net­work-en­abled op­er­a­tions and ad­vanced sus­tain­ment. Three dis­tinct vari­ants of the F-35 will re­place the A-10 and F-16 for the US Air Force, the F/A-18 for the US Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Har­rier for the US Ma­rine Corps, and a va­ri­ety of fighters for at least 10 other coun­tries.

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