F-35 Lightning II

Secret X-Plane Program Paved the Way for NGAD, Air Force Secretary reveals

Secret X-Plane Program Paved the Way for NGAD, Air Force Secretary reveals

Secret, multi-agency X-plane paved the way for NGAD program Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall revealed at the POLITICO Defense Summit… Read More

2 weeks ago

US Navy Operations Specialist explains why the F-35’s F135 engine is better than F-22’s F119 (but not in every way)

The Pratt & Whitney F135 engine The Pratt & Whitney F135 engine (that powers all three variants of the F-35… Read More

3 weeks ago

F-35 Lightning II moves closer to full-rate production after successful Joint Simulation Environment testing

F-35 Lightning II closer to full-rate production thanks to JSE The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Kirtland… Read More

1 month ago

Former Israeli Air Force officer living in Massachusetts to reenlist after attack by Hamas fighters, US to reposition Gerald R. Ford CSG and tactical aircraft to support Israel

Former Israeli Air Force officer to reenlist To help with his home country's war effort following Saturday's attack by Hamas… Read More

2 months ago

Northrop Grumman to develop SiAW, a new Stand-in Attack Weapon for the F-35 and possibly the B-21

The F-35 is the initial platform for the Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW), and the USAF has indicated the B-21 bomber… Read More

2 months ago

Here’s why this F-22A Raptor fired an AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile while inverted

Rail-launched weapons (essentially just the AIM-9X and AIM-132 on British F-35s) can be launched from both F-22 and F-35 while… Read More

3 months ago

The F-15SE Silent Eagle could have an RCS less than one-fifth of the original F-15 Eagle but it was never built. Here’s why.

Reducing the radar cross-section (RCS) of the Eagle was the number one factor in the F-15SE Silent Eagle's tweaked design.… Read More

4 months ago

First Air Force Reserve Unit set to receive the F-35 Marks historic milestone with final F-16 deployment

The 301st Fighter Wing will be the first Air Force Reserve Command wing equipped with the F-35. It is expected… Read More

4 months ago

William Tell is back after 19-year hiatus. Air Force’s version of Top Gun to showcase air-to-air capabilities of USAF, ANG and Reserve F-22, F-35 and F-15 Eagle units.

Pilots will be tested on their offensive and defensive skills in maneuvers against enemy aircraft, and the best group will… Read More

4 months ago

Former US Navy Operations Specialist lists all the advantages the F-35 has over Su-57 that make shooting fish in a barrel harder work than Lightning IIs taking down Felons.

‘F-15EX “Missile Truck” can carry huge numbers of air-to-air missiles, like AMRAAMs, and firing them blind, but F-35s can take… Read More

4 months ago

US Sending Destroyer, F-35s, F-16s to Protect Merchant Ships in Middle East After ‘Alarming’ Actions by Iran, Pentagon Says

The US dispatched F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters to supplement forces already in US… Read More

5 months ago

USAF Aircraft Armament System Specialist explains why the A-10 Warthog can’t effectively provide CAS in a near-peer war

‘The properties that make the A-10 a great CAS platform, are also some of its biggest weaknesses,’ Scott Moser, former… Read More

5 months ago

The F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters now have an “app store” to download cross-platform software

An F-35 from the 461st Flight Test Squadron recently took flight here with a complement of software applications developed by… Read More

6 months ago

USAF SNCO explains why if the F-22 production line hadn’t been torn apart years ago, today the Raptor would have about the same cost of the F-15EX Eagle II

‘It may very well be the biggest procurement blunder in the history of the Air Force, the Army Air Force,… Read More

6 months ago

US declines sale of F-35s to Thailand and offers F-16 Block70 and F-15EX instead. But the Royal Thai Air Force is considering the purchase of the Saab Gripen E.

The Royal Thai Air Force said its proposed procurement of F-35 fighter jets has fallen through due to time constraints.… Read More

6 months ago

Naval Aviator explains why the F-35 can give the F-22 fits in BVR while 4th Gen Fighters have 1:100 chance at best to beat the Raptor

‘Where the F-35 Lightning II would give the F-22 fits would be BVR. The primary advantage the Raptor has, first… Read More

7 months ago