Defense

September 23, 2013

Hill welcomes F-35 workload

Dignitaries and employees at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, get their first look at the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Sept. 20, 2013. Hill, Lockheed Martin, Utah elected officials and community members gathered for a ceremony to commemorate the beginning of F-35 depot maintenance at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. The F-35A is a multi-variant, multi-role, fifth generation fighter, and will undergo organic depot modification work at Hill AFB.

Several hundred people gathered Sept. 20 in hangar 237 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to witness the first F-35A Lightning II arrive for depot level maintenance during a ceremony hosted by the Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander, Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker, Sr.

The ceremony addressed Hill’s key role in the depot repair and the F-35’s role in national defense by several different speakers which included Sen. Mike Lee; Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of the F-35 Lightning II Program; Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr, DOD F-35 Deputy Program Director; Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander; and Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Baker was the final speaker and gave the order to open the doors and unveil the aircraft to the capacity-packed-hangar’s attendees. Other dignitaries at the ceremony included local mayors, Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and members of the Utah State House and Senate.

The first F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant is from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev., and is in a prototype configuration. The Ogden ALC will modify the aircraft with a series of structural and systems modifications to enhance critical capabilities needed during operational test and evaluation testing.

“For decades the shared partnership between Lockheed Martin and the Ogden ALC team has taken our legacy platforms – the F-16, C-130 and F-22 – to the next level, and the same will hold true for the F-35 Lightning II,” said Martin. “This aircraft was designed from its inception to evolve through modifications and upgrades so that our warfighters can continually outpace their opposition. I look forward to what the future holds for the F-35 and am excited to see that evolution unfold.”

The first F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sits on display in front of a hangar the morning of Sept. 20, 2013. Hill, Lockheed Martin, Utah elected officials and community members gathered for a ceremony to commemorate the beginning of F-35 depot maintenance at Hill AFB. The F-35 is a multi-variant, multi-role, fifth generation fighter, and will undergo organic depot modification work at Hill AFB.

Litchfield also talked about this historic day in the history of the ALC.

“The F-35 found the right home for sustainment,” he said. “Team Hill will deliver cost effective modifications for this aircraft.”

The F-35 Lightning II combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will eventually replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force.

 




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