Wednesday, February 3, 2010

First F-35 production engine delivered

Pratt and Whitney delivered the first F135 production engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The engine has accrued more than 13,000 hours in testing during the development program. (Source: Pratt and Whitney, 02/02/10) In another F-35 development, Wyle air crew personnel became the first aviators to aerially refuel the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant of the F-35 using a probe-and-drogue refueling system during a recent mission at Lockheed Martin’s Ft. Worth, Texas, manufacturing facility. (Source: PRNewswire, 02/03/10) Gulf Coast note: The F-35 training center will be at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.