First Aussie F-35s rolled out

Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown has the floor during the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. (Image © Lockheed Martin)
Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown has the floor during the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. (Image © Lockheed Martin)

Australia got a first good look at its F-35A Lightning II aircraft as the first two aircraft were rolled out at the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth on Thursday 24 July. See here for detailed images. The aircraft, known as AU-1 and AU-2, are the first of 72 that will eventually join the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

AU-1 and AU-2 are scheduled to undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in the coming months. The jets are scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force later this year, and will be based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where they will be used for Australian and partner country pilot training. The F-35A replaces the F/A-18 Hornet in Australian service.

Source: Lockheed Martin, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

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