Japan will have its first aircraft carriers since World War 2 after announcing its intention to acquire up to 42 short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B variants of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter to operate off its Izumo class helicopter carrier ships.
A generational change in Australian airpower has been marked with the arrival of the first two RAAF F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters at RAAF Base Williamtown on Monday morning.
The Joint Strike Fighter Program Office has officially cleared the Lockheed Martin F-35 to begin initial operational test & evaluation, the milestone coming as the first two F-35As to be based in Australia arrive in-country.
The first two RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35As to be based in Australia have departed Luke AFB in Arizona, bound for RAAF Williamtown.
This feature from the April 2017 magazine edition of Australia Aviation looks at the Lockheed Martin F-35A’s appearance at the 2017 Avalon Airshow.