First flights for fourth and fifth RAAF F-35s

The RAAF's fourth and fifth Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs have made their first flights. Photographer Caulun Belcher captured these images of A35-004 – above – and A35-005 – below – during their first flights, from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on December 14 and January 23, … [Read more...]

Marand opens new F-35 tail production facility

The RAAF’s third F-35A, AU-3 has vertical tails build by Marand. (Defence)

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne opened a new Marand Precision Engineering F-35A tail manufacturing facility in Melbourne on January 24. The Moorabbin facility, which was partly funded through a grant from Defence’s New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program, will support 44 new … [Read more...]