First U.S. aircraft production center fuselage F-35 fighters have been delivered (Figure)
F-35 fighters have officially entered the Air Force training base
According to the U.S. “air attack” website May 2, 2009 reported on April 22, Northrop Grumman Corporation ? in F-35 “Lightning” II (Lightning II) Joint Strike Fighter development and production process to achieve a major milestone marked by the delivery of the first production F-35 aircraft’s fuselage.
first production F-35 aircraft number AF-6, the Air Force’s conventional takeoff and landing aircraft (CTOL) Joint Strike Fighter.
AF-6 in the body of the delivery of the Northrop Grumman Corporation ? on time delivery record of the fuselage extended to 19. The body is in ? Northrop Grumman plans to deliver 14 in 2009 in the fuselage of the first four.
? Lockheed Martin as the lead F-35 project’s main partners, Northrop Grumman Corporation ? F-35 project to make many significant contributions to help the F- 35 to achieve affordability, supportability, survivability, and destruction.
? Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and tactical systems and F-35 program general manager Mark Tucker said: “The first flight of production F-35 ‘Lightning II’ sign in the delivery of the fuselage ? with Northrop Grumman successfully from the F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the leap to the small batch production in the SDD phase, we not only completed the F-35 fuselage engineering development, and develop and validate the F-35 production system design, tools, processes and procedures, which are necessary today, but tomorrow we manufacture F-35 indispensable. “
? Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager Dan Crowley said: “Northrop Grumman delivered on time ? The first production F-35 aircraft fuselage to help in the F-35 industry team’s commitment to achieve the customer, but also to help the team deliver to customers on time F-35 to meet the needs of the user’s initial operational period. “(China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Su Haijun)