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Tag: F-35A Lightning II

Interesting video features airshow comparison between F-35A and J-31
Giving the heavy smoke from exhausts heat signature is very high for the J-31 and could affect its stealthiness. The video in this post features an interesting F-35A Lightning II Vs J-31 Gryfalcon “Airshow Comparison.” This model is available from AirModels – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS.
New F-35 deal is the largest procurement in the history of the Defense Department and covers Block 4 suite development too
The Block 4 software suite for the F-35 includes 53 improvements to advanced air- and ground-based threats. None of the changes will affect the exterior of the jet. The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have reached a tentative agreement on the next lot of F-35s, with options for a multi-year buy worth about $34...
Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
The JASDF F-35A pilot, who had only 60 hours flying time in the F-35, gave no indication he was in trouble. Japan’s air force said on Jun. 10, 2019 “spatial disorientation” likely caused one of its pilots to fly his F-35 stealth fighters into the Pacific Ocean in April, hitting the water at...
F-35 Lightning II takes the stage at Switzerland's Payerne Air Base
“With air policing one of Switzerland’s primary requirements for its new aircraft, the F-35 offers unmatched capabilities,” Drew “Growler” Allen, Operations Division Chief in the F-35 Integration Office. The F-35 Lightning II strikes over Switzerland. As already reported Switzerland kicked off the fly competition last April for the five types...
USAF F-35A stealth fighters draw accidental sky penis during simulated dogfight
The four-ship, "red air" F-35A aggressor team faced off with the two-ship blue team, the red air team pulled back, requiring the blue team to come around before re-engaging in the dogfight. Six F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters belonging to  the 56th Fighter Wing from Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, simulating aggressor air training...
Hill AFB F-35As on way to Aviano diverted to Burlington International Airport due to weather and mid-air refueling issues
Air National Guard officials in a statement emphasized the F-35As were not attached to the Vermont Air National Guard or 158th Fighter Wing -- those jets are expected to arrive in September. As the video in this post shows, four F-35As assigned to Hill Air Force Base (AFB) were forced to divert to...
F-16/Su-57 and F-35/J-31 Aggressor Paint Schemes unveiled
The Air Force decided to create a fifth generation aggressor squadron at Nellis AFB and move nine non-combat capable F-35A aircraft from Eglin AFB, Florida, to the squadron. The Air Force is reactivating the 65th Aggressor Squadron and moving 11 F-35A Lightning IIs to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, as part of a...
JASDF F-35s made 7 emergency landings before crash. However Japan assures U.S. it will continue to buy the jet.
Two of the emergency landings involved faults in the F-35 that later crashed. Takeshi Iwaya, Japan’s Minister of Defense, has assured acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that Tokyo will continue to buy more F-35s despite the crash of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Lightning II belonging to 302 Hikotai from...
First Belgian Air Force F-35As to be based at Florennes
The first F-35A Lightning IIs will arrive in Belgium in 2025. As we have reported, on Oct. 25, 2018 the Belgian Government decided to replace the country ageing F-16 fleet with the F-35A Lightning II of which it bought 34 examples in a contract worth $ 3,4 billion.
First Middle East deployment for USAF F-35A Lightning II
On Apr. 15, 2019 the U.S. Air Force’s fifth generation multi-role aircraft arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. On Apr. 15, 2019 the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II fifth generation multi-role aircraft arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, for its first deployment to the Middle East....

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