Thursday, March 5, 2009

Turkish company delivers F-35 parts

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. has delivered its first composite parts for the F-35. The structural composite panels are used to form the outer surface of the fighter. Northrop Grumman will integrate the parts into the center fuselages of the first two production F-35s. Northrop Grumman is a founding member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 Lightning II team, and is responsible for the design and production of center fuselages for all three variants of F-35 aircraft. The F-35 has multiple international suppliers. (Source: PRNewswire, 03/05/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is scheduled to be home to the F-35 joint training center