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First RAAF F-35A rollout confirmed for July 24

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 18, 2014

 

AU-1 will be officially rolled out on July 24.(Lockheed Martin)
AU-1, seen here being towed to the paintshop, will be officially rolled out on July 24. (Lockheed Martin)

The first of up to 100 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters for the RAAF will be formally rolled out on July 24.

The aircraft – designated AU-1 – will be ceremonially handed over to RAAF and government officials at the company’s Fort Worth facility.

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It will then be taken to a flight line hangar for final work before first flight, and will subsequently be delivered to the USAF’s F-35 schoolhouse at Luke AFB in Arizona where it will be pooled with other US and partner nation F-35As for training.

At present only two F-35As have been contracted by Australia, while long-lead items for a follow-on batch of 12 aircraft have also been paid for. A further 58 F-35As have been approved by government, and these will be ordered as the production lots for these aircraft are contracted by the US government.

The RAAF’s first two F-35A pilots are due to commence training on the aircraft late this year and early next year.

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First RAAF F-35A rollout confirmed for July 24

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 18, 2014

 

AU-1 will be officially rolled out on July 24.(Lockheed Martin)
AU-1, seen here being towed to the paintshop, will be officially rolled out on July 24. (Lockheed Martin)

The first of up to 100 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters for the RAAF will be formally rolled out on July 24.

The aircraft – designated AU-1 – will be ceremonially handed over to RAAF and government officials at the company’s Fort Worth facility.

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It will then be taken to a flight line hangar for final work before first flight, and will subsequently be delivered to the USAF’s F-35 schoolhouse at Luke AFB in Arizona where it will be pooled with other US and partner nation F-35As for training.

At present only two F-35As have been contracted by Australia, while long-lead items for a follow-on batch of 12 aircraft have also been paid for. A further 58 F-35As have been approved by government, and these will be ordered as the production lots for these aircraft are contracted by the US government.

The RAAF’s first two F-35A pilots are due to commence training on the aircraft late this year and early next year.

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First RAAF F-35A rollout confirmed for July 24

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 18, 2014

 

AU-1 will be officially rolled out on July 24.(Lockheed Martin)
AU-1, seen here being towed to the paintshop, will be officially rolled out on July 24. (Lockheed Martin)

The first of up to 100 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters for the RAAF will be formally rolled out on July 24.

The aircraft – designated AU-1 – will be ceremonially handed over to RAAF and government officials at the company’s Fort Worth facility.

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It will then be taken to a flight line hangar for final work before first flight, and will subsequently be delivered to the USAF’s F-35 schoolhouse at Luke AFB in Arizona where it will be pooled with other US and partner nation F-35As for training.

At present only two F-35As have been contracted by Australia, while long-lead items for a follow-on batch of 12 aircraft have also been paid for. A further 58 F-35As have been approved by government, and these will be ordered as the production lots for these aircraft are contracted by the US government.

The RAAF’s first two F-35A pilots are due to commence training on the aircraft late this year and early next year.

25% off starts now! Australian Aviation magazine Cyber Monday sale is now live. Have the very best of Australian Aviation’s annual print and digital subscription. This includes every In Focus and Behind the Lens digital magazine, special coverage, exclusive photos and editions you may have miss. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

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