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F-35A A35-001 
First Flight 
30th September 2014

 
 

F-35 Lightning II Image Gallery

     
  The Lockheed Martin F-35A is being purchased under Project AIR 6000 for the RAAF to replace the F/A18A/B fleet by 2022. The aircraft had also been considered as an F-111 replacement, but an interim purchase of F/A18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler have has fulfilled that requirement for the time being and and it remains to be seen whether the RAAF will ultimately operate a mixed fleet of F-35s and Super Hornets/Growlers or operate an F-35 only fleet in the future.

Australia initially committed to 14 F-35A aircraft, which are planned for initial work up and training at Luke AFB, Arizona, USA and then RAAF Base Williamtown.

On 23 April 2014 , an order for a further 58 F-35A's (to a total of 72 airframes) was announced as part of Phase 2A/2B of Project AIR 6000 to create a total of three operational squadrons - two at RAAF Base Williamtown and one at RAAF Base Tindal - and a training squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Phase 2C of the project will consider an additional purchase of a further 24 airframes to form a fourth operational squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, for a total of about 100 F-35A's.

At this point 3 Sqn RAAF is planned to reach IOC in 2020 and FOC in 2023 with the planned withdrawal of the F/A-18A/B fleet planned for 2021/22.

 
     
 
Serial Number. Const/No. USAF Serial Aircraft History
A35-000 N/A N/A DSTO constructed "Iron Bird" model for testing under simulated electromagnetic interference conditions during the acquisition and through-life sustainment of the JSF.
Unveiled at DSTO Edinburgh 07 March 2014.

Highlight for Album: "F-35A" A35-000

A35-001 AU-1 12-5060 Sourced from Lot 6 low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase.
08 October 2013
Construction of major components begun.
13 December 2013 Achieved "Weight on wheels" when craned
from its electronic mate and alignment systems (EMAS) station for final assembly.
Towed from production line to paint facility June 2014,
24 July 2014 Roll out at Fort Worth,
29 September 2014 First Flight,
Delivered to the USAF Integrated Training Center, Luke AFB, Arizona late 2014/early 2015.
Assigned to 61st FS at Luke AFB, AZ for pilot training.

 Highlight for Album: F-35A A35-001

A35-002 AU-2 12-5061 Sourced from Lot 6 low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase.
08 October 2013 Construction of major components begun.
23 July 2014 Media Preview at Fort Worth,
24 July 2014 Roll out at Fort Worth,
01 October 2014 First Flight,
Delivered to the USAF Integrated Training Center, Luke AFB, Arizona late 2014/early 2015.
Assigned to 61st FS at Luke AFB, AZ for pilot training.

Highlight for Album: F-35A A35-002

A35-003 AU-3 TBA On Order
A35-004 AU-4 TBA On Order
A35-004 AU-5 TBA On Order
A35-006 AU-6 TBA On Order
A35-007 AU-7 TBA On Order
A35-008 AU-8 TBA On Order
A35-009 AU-9 TBA On Order
A35-010 AU-10 TBA On Order
A35-011 AU-11 TBA On Order
A35-012 AU-12 TBA On Order
A35-013 AU-13 TBA On Order
A35-014 AU-14 TBA On Order
On 23 April 2014 , an order for a further 58 F-35A's (to a total of 72 airframes) was announced as part of Phase 2A/2B of Project AIR 6000 to create a total of three operational squadrons - two at RAAF Base Williamtown and one at RAAF Base Tindal - and a training squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown.
Phase 2C of the project will consider an additional purchase of a further 24 airframes to form a fourth operational squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, for a total of about 100 F-35A's.
 
     
 

F-35 Mock up at Fairbairn      
April 2014

 
     

The Author of this page is Brendan Cowan.

Sources: http://www.lockheedmartin.com.au/, http://www.airforce.gov.au/ , http://www.defence.gov.au/; Australian Aviation Magazine, http://www.f-16.net/; http://www.f35evolution.com.au/ , www.defensenews.com ,

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