F-35 Test Pilot – Billie Flynn – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 641

WARBIRD RADIO – Billie Flynn is a test pilot’s test pilot and he’s joining Matt Jolley on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!  Mr. Flynn is currently testing the F-35 for Lockheed Martin but has a host of experience flying the super jets of our time.  Tune in tonight for a great conversation about the F-35 and what’s in store for the USA’s 5th generation fighter (plus some news for the 2018 air show season).

Ryan Keough also joins Matt with a look at a new project the Collings Foundation is working on.  As always, we love hearing from you and appreciate you listening.

QUICK LINK:  Lockheed Martin’s F-35

QUICK LINK:  Collings Foundation

F-35 Heritage Flight Team Debuts At Luke Air Force Base Air Show 2016

F35HeritageFlightTeam-WEBWARBIRD RADIO – The all new F-35 Heritage Flight Team took flight during the 2016 Luke Air Force Base Air Show.  The team’s debut public performance marks the second time the Luke Air Force Base Air Show has made history with the F-35.  In 2014 the air show marked the first public display for the United States Air Force’s version of the F-35.

Record crowds attended the 2016 event and Planes of Fame’s P-38 did an outstanding job accompanying the F-35 as it did in 2014; however, this year the full Heritage Flight profile was displayed.  For more information on the F-35 and the Planes of Fame air museum just click on the Quick Links posted below.

QUICK LINK: F-35

QUICK LINK:  Planes of Fame

 

Italy’s First F-35 Lightning Now In Final Assembly Facility at Cameri Air Base

ItalianF-35WARBIRD RADIO – Northrop Grumman Corporation announcing in a recent news release the delivery of the center fuselage for Italy’s first F-35 Lightning II to the newly commissioned Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility at Italy’s Cameri Air Base July 12. This on-time delivery to Lockheed Martin enables the first assembly of an F-35 aircraft at the FACO facility and increases international participation on the F-35 program.

The center fuselage, AL-1, will be integrated into a conventional takeoff and landing variant of the F-35, and represents the first of 90 center fuselage sections that will be delivered to the Italian FACO facility for Italian aircraft.

“We started working on AL-1 in September 2012, when it was inducted into our Integrated Assembly Line [IAL] at our Palmdale facility,” said Michelle Scarpella, vice president of the F-35 program for Northrop Grumman. “It’s the 115th center fuselage we’ve completed here in Palmdale, and marks another program milestone, as we continue to stand up and grow international F-35 participation.”

The IAL maximizes robotics and automation, providing additional assembly capability while meeting engineering tolerances that are not easily achieved using manual methods. The IAL is central in producing the F-35’s center fuselage as well as increasing the program’s affordability, quality and efficiency. Currently, there are 35 center fuselages in flow on the IAL, including some for Australia and additional ones for Italy; deliveries have already been made to Ft Worth for final assembly and delivery to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Set on 101 acres in Italy’s Piedmont region, the FACO facility at Cameri will be one of a kind in Europe. With 22 buildings, more than a million square feet of covered work space, 11 final assembly workstations – including four outfitted for electronic mate and assembly – and five maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade bays, the FACO at Cameri is positioned to serve as a new hub for the Italian aerospace industry.

As a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team, Northrop Grumman performs a significant share of the work required to develop and produce the aircraft. In addition to manufacturing the F-35 center fuselage, Northrop Grumman designed and produces the aircraft’s radar and other key avionics including electro-optical and communications, navigation and identification subsystems. Northrop Grumman also develops mission systems and mission planning software, leads the team’s development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware, and manages the team’s use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies. In 2012, the company delivered 32 center fuselages and is on track to exceed 2012 delivery quantities in 2013.

Warbird Radio Presents – The X-35B Story

WARBIRD RADIO – Get up close and personal with the X-35B and it’s unique propulsion system.  For the first time ever the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Hazy Center is displaying the X-35B with it’s science-fiction-looking lift fan and engine.

During this special Warbird Radio Presents we’ll hear from Mr. Dik Daso, the former Curator of Modern Military Aircraft, and we will learn about this unique chapter in military aviation.  For more information on the Smithsonian’s X-35B just click on the Quick Link posted below.  Thanks for listening!

QUICK LINK:  The Smithsonian’s Website

QUICK LINK:  Matt’s F-35 Experience

X-35B PHOTO TOUR

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