RAAF F-35 previewed ahead of AU-1 rollout

AU-2 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility.

Lockheed Martin has previewed the second F-35A for the RAAF a day ahead of a formal rollout of Australia’s first aircraft in a ceremony, which took place at the company’s Fort Worth facility on Thursday.

The second jet, AU-2, was previewed to media on Wednesday ahead of the formal rollout of aircraft AU-1, and wears the standard F-35 grey paint scheme with ‘low vis’ RAAF roundels, serial number A35-002 and tail markings for the RAAF’s 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU).

AU-1, meanwhile, was formally unveiled on Thursday in a ceremony attended by Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown, F-35 program executive officer LtGen Chris Bogdan, US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall and Lockheed Martin’s president and CEO Marillyn Hewson.

Rear three-quarter view of AU-2
Rear three-quarter view of AU-2

AU-2's tail
AU-2’s tail