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The Australian military has decided to cancel plans to purchase F-35B Joint Strike Fighter short-take-off-and-vertical landing aircraft and place 12 of the aircraft on two of their larger assault ships, citing the challenges of needing to rework the ships to accommodate the plane, according to published reports. “Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s proposal to put F-35 fighter […]

Residents who live near bases where F-35s are stationed appealed to the Pentagon saying they feared the F-35 would be too loud and disturb neighborhoods. However, the Joint Strike Fighter program office released results on Oct.31 that found the F-35B is no louder than the F/A-18. The tests results were released ahead of the beginning […]

(Updated with comments from Dunlop spokesman beginning in the 10th paragraph.) Lockheed Martin Corp. bills the F-35 as the pinnacle of more than five decades of fighter-jet development, with the latest in stealth technology, supersonic speed, extreme agility and the most powerful sensor package available. But someone apparently forgot to kick the tires.

USS WASP — The Marine Corps and Navy are close to wrapping up 19 days of Sea Trials for the Corps’ F-35B short take-off-and-vertical-landing, or STOVL, variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, service officials said. The trails, taking place aboard the USS WASP Amphibious Assault Ship about 30-miles off the coast of Maryland, […]

Lockheed Martin released the video of the first ever Vertical Take Off conducted by an F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II test aircraft. The test was completed May 10 at Naval Air Station Patuxen River, Md. The historic, albeit brief, flight occurred just a month after the Joint Strike Fighter program completed the first ever […]