Not much in the news these days concerning the F-35, however it is worth noting that the program continues to progress:
A US Air Force major has become the 100th pilot to fly the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Maj Robert Miller, assigned to the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, undertook the 90-minute familiarisation flight after academic and simulator instruction on the F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base’s Integrated Training Centre.So the pilot base, just as with the aircraft base, continues to expand. That's all good.
Maj Miller is a 1,300 hour F-16 pilot, including 369 combat hours.
Lockheed Martin says the F-35 joint service partners at Eglin Air Force Base have flown 2,292 F-35 hours and have 28 aircraft assigned, representing the largest fleet of F-35s to date.