F-35 Program – What Does Success Look Like?

F-35 Program

Are you as confused about the state of the F-35 Program as I am? “I can’t see the forest through the trees”. This is a phrase that comes to mind when reading the myriad of reports, news articles, forums and opinions about the F-35 Program. For me, this is creating information overload and I need … Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35 – Oct’14 Contracts

Joint Strike Fighter

The Joint Strike Fighter Program and its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation Fighter plane had a busy month in October 2014 with about $10 billion worth of contracts agreed. The contracts let provided an insight to the size of the Joint Strike Fighter Program, its effects on industry and employment worldwide and the … Read more

Joint Strike Fighter X-Plane Competition

Joint Strike Fighter X-Plane Competition

The Introduction…………….. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was the victor of the Joint Strike Fighter X-Plane Competition where its X-35 test plane beat Boeing’s X-32 test plane. It is important to remember the success of the X-35 given the negative issues now reported daily. Let’s take a look at how the F-35 became the preferred fighter plane … Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II – An Australian View

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Australia planned to start replacing its aging F/A-18A/B fighter with the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in 2012. The Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of the first RAAF F-35 Squadron is delayed until 2021. What has Australia had to do to mitigate the risks associated with such a significant delay, and at what cost? I called for aviation geeks to … Read more

F-35 – It Is Australia’s Next Fighter Jet!


It’s time we moved on from the common question of “IS the F-35 the right fighter plane for Australia?” and acknowledge that the “F-35 IS Australia’s next fighter jet”. As a #AvGeek and an Aussie I am obviously interested in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and their newest jet fighter the F-35 Lightning II. … Read more

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