RAAF’s third F-35 rolling off the assembly line

This the final stage in the aircraft’s production process at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Photographer: Angel DelCueto | Originating Agency: Lockheed Martin

Australia’s third F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is rolling off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in the United States of America.

The Daily Times reports Squadron markings have now been applied to the vertical tail of AU-03, which as it happens are Australian-made and produced by Victorian company Marand, one of Australia`s strongest contributors to the global F-35 program.

This the final stage in the aircraft’s production process at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.

Australia’s first two F-35As briefly visited Australia earlier this year for the Avalon International Airshow, before returning to Luke AFB as part of the JSF pilot training fleet, AU-03 will also participate the this joint global training effort.  The first ‘Australian-based’ F-35A aircraft are scheduled to arrive in 2018 and will be operated by Number 3 Squadron.

Greater than 50 Australian companies have shared in more than $800 million in production contracts to date, with hundreds more Australian companies indirectly benefiting through supply chain work.

Credit: Credit: Angel DelCueto, Photographer
Originating Agency: Lockheed Martin

Terry Turner

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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