Northrop Grumman press release:
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered, more than two and one-half months ahead of schedule, the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II static test aircraft, a non-flying, short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) variant designated BG-1…
The purpose of the static test program is to demonstrate that F-35 airframes, as designed, can successfully endure the structural stresses likely to be experienced over an aircraft’s lifetime. The test program includes both “worst case” testing and repetitive life cycle testing.
Meanwhile: New F/A-18s at The Low, Low Price of $49.9 Million.
Since the F-35 seems to be dragging (a bit) and the price seems to be climbing (a bit), it could be worth a look. Or at least a pretend look to get the F-35 back on track.
In the comments section at Defense Tech:
What next? Is Boeing going to start building B-52’s again and sell them to the Air Force and Navy at margin prices?
We can dream, can’t we?