Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Australia's first F-35 goes into production

Another ally sees the production begin on it's first aircraft:
Lockheed Martin begins the production of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)’s first F-35 Lightning II yesterday.

The aircraft, designated as AU-1, officially began the mate process, where major components of the aircraft are joined together to form the aircraft's structure. AU-1 will then make its way down the assembly line and roll out of the factory for delivery to the RAAF in the summer of 2014. 
FYI, there are actually two Aussie F-35s in production - both to be delivered in the summer of next year.  Both are CTOL variants.  They are the first two of 100 for the RAAF.


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