First JSF Delivered to Eglin

Lockheed Martin Delivers First F-35 Production Jet for Training to Eglin AFB

The first Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT – News) production model F-35 Lightning II to be assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing arrived here today at 1:18 p.m. CDT after its more than 90-minute ferry flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The aircraft, known as AF-9, will be used for activities in concert with training F-35 pilots and maintainers who begin coursework at the base’s new F-35 Integrated Training Center this fall.

AF-9 is a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) version of the 5th generation stealth fighter. Overall, the jet is the third production-model F-35 delivered to the U.S. Air Force, with the first two assigned to Edwards AFB, Calif.

Here’s a photo of AF-9:

F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter delivered to Eglin AFB

F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter delivered to Eglin AFB

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  1. That’s not a very attractive aircraft, at least from that angle.

    For whatever that is worth….

    1. I waffle on that. It’s sort of squat and pudgy, certainly missing the graceful lines of the F-15 and F-14, or even the F-18. But it looks utilitarian to me.

      1. Yeah, it looks like it’s got room for lots of fuel and bombs, which is probably a good thing for a strike aircraft.

        Maybe “portly” is a good word for it too.

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