Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Science & Space

F-35 program celebrates 100th fighter jet

See also

The F-35 Lightning II program, which is developing a stealthy new fighter jet for U.S. and allied forces, celebrated the production of its 100th aircraft at a Dec. 13 ceremony at its assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas.

"The 100th F-35 symbolizes the maturation of the F-35 program by the collective government and industry partner team as we prepare to ramp up production," said Lorraine Martin, the F-35 program manager for prime contractor Lockheed Martin. "It took the collaboration of thousands of people – customers, employees and suppliers – from all over the world to make this day possible."

According to the company, the ceremony drew more than 2,000 employees and guests.

The U.S. Department of Defense is receiving 95 of the first 100 F-35s. The other five have been delivered to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The newly built 100th aircraft will be used to train pilots and is the first of 144 F-35s headed to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, according to the U.S. Air Force.

Also on Dec. 13, Gen. Mark Welsh, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff, said at a Pentagon press briefing that his service remains on track to begin fielding its variant of the fighter -- the conventional-takeoff-and-landing F-35A -- in 2016. He told reporters that the program, which has a history of cost, schedule and performance problems, is now making steady progress in developing software, increasing production rates and reducing production costs.

“Since 2011, the program has met milestones consistently,” Welsh said. “The 100th airplane coming off the production line is not a minor thing.”

The U.S. Marines are getting the F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing variant, while the U.S. Navy is buying the F-35C carrier variant. Thousands of F-35s are to be built for the United States and at least 10 other countries.

SUBSCRIBE! To receive future articles by this writer, click “Subscribe” above. Follow him on Twitter.



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!