Friday, July 16, 2010
The Government of Canada today announced plans to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as its next-generation fighter aircraft. It will replace Canada's fleet of CF-18 Hornets that entered service in the early 1980s. The stealth fighter is being developed and funded by a consortium of nine countries, including Canada, which plans to acquire 65 F-35s. Delivery of Canada's F-35s will begin in 2016. (Source: PRNewswire, 07/16/10) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the joint strike fighter training center.