Wednesday, June 8, 2011

First F-35 to arrive soon

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics says it's days away from sending Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the first of 59 Joint Strike Fighters. Mike Rein, a spokesman for the company, said he believes it will happen in June. The arrival of the first F-35 will start a string of deliveries. Six jets are slated for delivery by the end of the fiscal year, Rein said. The base will receive the majority of the jets within the next three years. Eglin is home of the Joint Strike Fighter training center. The first pilots who will train on the F-35 will be instructors. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/07/11)