"Lockheed Martin has not asked Aviation Week to take disciplinary action against Bill Sweetman nor have we asked that he be removed from reporting on the F-35 program or any other Lockheed Martin program. In fact on April 27 Bill and other members of the Aviation Week staff visited Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth for briefings on the F-35 program. We have a longstanding professional relationship with the entire Aviation Week editorial staff, including Bill Sweetman, and we continue to work openly with them on all programs, including F-35."
No, there is just a foul stench coming from it all.
Mr. Sweetmans bais towards the F-35 Program has been well documented for many years now. About time Aviation Weekly has finally acted! As the public expects the media to be fair and balanced in its reporting. Clearly, Mr. Sweetman has been on a crusade to cut down the program at every turn! Personally, I am really disappointment that it took Aviation Weekly so long to put Mr. Sweetman in his place. As all we really expect from the the media is to provide the public with the facts. Then let us decide on what to believe (or not).....
Is the missiles and bombs of fifth generation fighters also have stealth technology?
Some do, the JASSM, JSOW, & SLAM come to mind.
Lovely pics. F35 looks better and better. Grows on you. )
[SIZE=4]Sim-based JSF training to debut next year[/SIZE]
Full Article: NavyTimes.comBy Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 17, 2010 17:12:21 EDT
The Navy may not receive its first F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter until 2012, but a simulation-based training program will be ready for the first pilots who arrive at the training wing next year.
The Navy plans to begin sending pilots in early 2011 to the training squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-35, is developing the training program for the first cadre of experienced pilots, who will in turn train a broader group of Navy pilots.
The F-35C community will be limited to experienced pilots ó mostly those with at least 1,000 flight hours ó who are coming from the F/A-18 Hornet community, for at least two years, said Joanne Puglisi, Lockheedís director of training for the F-35. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the tri-service program.
[SIZE=4]Joint Strike Fighter use at Salt Ash halved: RAAF[/SIZE]
Full Article: TheHerald.com.auThe RAAF has announced it will halve the planned use of the Joint Strike Fighter at Salt Ash Weapons Range, in a move thatís tentatively being hailed as a win for Port Stephens residents.
It is unclear at this stage how noise contours that have restricted development at Medowie, Oyster Cove, Salt Ash and Swan Bay will be redrawn.
In announcing the completion of a review into the use of the weapons range, Deputy Air Force Chief Geoff Brown said the contours would decrease the noise footprint of the aircraft.
[SIZE=4]ITT Selects CIRCOR Aerospace for F-35 Contract[/SIZE]
Full Article: Circoraerospace.comHAUPPAUGE, NY -- 05/19/10 -- and its Aerodyne Controls business unit was selected by ITT Corporation to supply the pneumatic power module for ITT's weapons ejection racks on the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
CIRCOR Aerospace was chosen by ITT to supply this critical component for integration in the 5th generation fighter's weapons carriage equipment employing clean, maintenance-free pneumatic technology.
Dan Godin, General Manager for CIRCOR Aerospace - NY/Aerodyne Controls, comments, "CIRCOR Aerospace looks forward to continuing our partnership with ITT on the F-35 pneumatic launcher. The CIRCOR Aerospace team is a proud partner in the JSF program and recognizes the vital role that the F-35 plays in our nation's defense."
[SIZE=4]F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters Arrive at Edwards[/SIZE]
(Air Force Material Command's Press Release)
Source: AFMC.AF.MIL5/19/2010 - On his arrival at Edwards May 17, Lt. Col. Hank Griffiths, 461st Flight Test Squadron commander and pilot of AF-01 during its flight from Ft. Worth, Texas, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is greeted by (left to right) Maj.Gen. David Eichhorn, Air Force Flight Test Center commander; retired Air Force Maj.Gen. Doug Pearson, Lockheed Martin vice president of F-35 test and verification; and Col. William Thornton, 412th Test Wing commander. AF-01 and AF-02, F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, will call Edwards their new home. (U.S. Air Force photo)
It would have been nice had the second photo been right over South Base with the B-2 in the shot.