Okt 15 2012

F-35 status report until 15-oct-2012

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 19:07 onder Global F35 News

Flight test activities

Cumulative flight test activity totals for 2012 as of October 10, are provided below:
- F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets have flown 404 times.
- F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft have completed 327 flights.
- F-35C carrier variant (CV) jets have flown 207 times.

Since December 2006, F-35s have flown 3,043 times and accrued more than 4,808 cumulative flight hours. This total includes 91 flights from the original test aircraft, AA-1; 2,366 SDD test flights; and 586 production-model flights. For video highlights of the F-35 program, click here.
- On September 4, the Edwards Air Force Base team launched six aircraft (AF-1, 2, 7 and 3 chase) to
the Sea Test Range with tanker for three separate missions.
- On September 6, AF-6 conducted the first flight using ALIS 1.0.3 release.
- On September 11, BF-5 flew the first Block 2A maturity flight to support LRIP 4 flight clearance.
- September 11-12, BF-3 flew two flights with the modified weapon bay flipper door with results
indicating reduced loads.
- On September 12, five jets at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., (PAX) – BF2, BF3, BF4, BF5
and CF2 airborne at the same time.
- On September 13, CTOL achieved 2,000 flight hours.
- On September 20, STOVL aircraft achieved 900 flights.
- On September 27, BF-15 ferried to Eglin Air Force Base from Fort Worth,
marking the 20th jet at the base.
- On October 2, KC-130J refueling training began at Eglin AFB.
- On October 3, STOVL variant achieved 350 vertical landings to date.
- On October 4, BF-17 ferried to PAX.
- On October 11, the CV variant achieved 400 flights to date.

F-35 Deliveries

- 37 F-35s have been delivered to the Department of Defense:
. 12 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) aircraft
. 25 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) aircraft, including two international F-35s
- This includes 3 LRIP aircraft that have completed DD250 at Fort Worth System Development and

Demonstration (SDD) Fleet

- 14 F-35s comprise the SDD test fleet. There are six F-35As assigned to Edwards AFB, Calif.,
and five F-35Bs along with three F-35Cs stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Aircraft

- There are 20 LRIP F-35s based at Eglin AFB, Fla.
- There are two LRIP F-35s based at Edwards AFB, Calif.
- There are eight LRIP F-35s undergoing checkout in Fort Worth


- Long-lead funding approved for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 5 and an undefinitized contract action
(UCA) was signed on Dec. 9, 2011(approx. 30 aircraft)
- Full funding approved for LRIP lot 4 (31 aircraft)
- Full funding approved for LRIP lot 3 (17 aircraft)
- Full funding approved for LRIP lot 2 (12 aircraft)
- Full funding approved for LRIP lot 1 (2 aircraft

Source: Press Release Lockheed Martin, 15-oct-2012

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