December 10, 2018

First F-35B Lands on British Warship

F-35B

The first Royal Navy pilot to land an F-35B stealth fighter on Britain’s new HMS Queen Elizabeth tells his story. Flying the test jet from NAS Patuxent River, Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray touched down to start two months of flight tests.

Military on Display at Valiant Shield ’18

Valiant Shield

US military forces from the US Indo-Pacific Command participated in Valiant Shield 2018 last week near Guam with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, 15 surface ships, over 160 aircraft and around 15,000 military personnel.

F-35 Operating Costs Targeted by US & Europe

F35 Operating Costs

The US military and Europe officials partner to minimize F-35 operating costs to assure sustainment and future purchase goals can be reached.

First Loss of F-35B for Marine Corps

F-35B

An F-35B that erupted into flames caused by a faulty bracket nearly two years ago has been struck by the Marine Corps, making it the first loss of an F-35 for the corps. The corps made the determination that the costs to repair the fighter would not be worth the return on investment.

For 1st Time, F-35 Pilots Train at Japan Air Base

F-35 Pilots

Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II stealth fighters are training alongside Japanese F-35As for the first time at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. US and Japanese airmen welcomed the first operational JASDF F-35A to Misawa earlier this year.

GAO: F-35 Lessons Need to Be Shared Across Services

F-35 Lessons

Supply challenges and unshared lessons learned of the F-35 could imperil the high-tech aircraft’s operational effectiveness, according to a GAO report released last week.

Pax Welcomes 1st Italian-Built F-35B

The first F-35B assembled outside of the US landed at NAS Patuxent River last week after completing a transatlantic flight from Cameri Air Base in Italy.

Are Our Nuclear Bombers on 24-Hour Alert?

Bombers

The Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour alert. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, AF chief of staff, says.

F-35A Altitude Restrictions Lifted

F-35A Altitude Restrictions

The Air Force is lifting its altitude flight restriction for F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Marine Corps Wants More Cyber Teams

cybersecurity

USMC Cyberspace Command wants to have 13 fully operational cyber teams. Right now, it has nine teams defending networks and conducting operations in cyberspace.