Tuesday, August 12, 2014

F-35 wingman: Lockheed FWB

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- While much of the world is turning to unmanned aerial vehicles for weapons delivery, reconnaissance and more, Lockheed Martin in Fort Walton Beach is focused on the F-35, the military's most advanced manned fighter. Lockheed, the nation's largest defense contractor, opened its Fort Walton Beach shop less than 20 years ago and now has 1,000 workers in the area. The company provides much of the maintenance and support for the F-35 at Eglin, as well as most of the academic and simulator training. But it's also involved in Eglin's weapons programs, as well as other aircraft programs, including the F-22 at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 08/12/14)