The Department of Defense accepted its 45th F-35 Lightning II aircraft delivery for 2015, meeting the program production goal for the year.
With this delivery, Lockheed Martin has delivered 154 operational aircraft to the DOD and partner nations since program inception.
“Meeting aircraft production goals is a critical stepping stone in demonstrating the program is ready for the expected significant production ramp up,” said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer. “It took thousands of people around the world to achieve this milestone and they should all be proud of what they accomplished.”
The 45 F-35 deliveries include:
• 26 F-35A — U.S. Air Force
• 2 F-35A — Royal Norwegian Air Force (first two)
• 1 F-35A — Aeronautica Militare (first Italian Air Force)
• 8 F-35B — U.S. Marine Corps
• 8 F-35C — Four U.S. Navy /4 U.S. Marine Corps
The 45 F-35 Lightning II aircraft are assigned to the following installations:
• 17 — Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Ariz., including all international jets
• 8 — Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.
• 8 — Eglin Air Force Base, Valparaiso, Fla.
• 5 — Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah
• 7 — Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev.
“Delivering the most F-35s in program history is a clear demonstration of our growing maturity and stability,” said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin F-35 Program general manager. “Congratulations to the entire government and industry team for their work to deliver 45 aircraft.”