29 Aug '16, 11pm

Air Force gets 100th F-35

The Air Force received its 100th F-35 Lightning II Friday. The fifth-generation aircraft landed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, joining the service’s ever-growing fleet of the aircraft less than a month after top brass declared the F-35 had reached its initial operating capability Aug. 2. “This marks a milestone and shows the fact that the F-35 program has continued to grow, progress and support initial operational capability,” Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, the 56th Fighter Wing commander at Luke, said in a statement. “It is also a ‘scare factor’ for our enemies that we are able to produce such an incredible platform at such a high production rate, and that it’s getting out in the field in larger and larger numbers, Leonard continued. The Air Force is looking to purchase 1,763 F-35As, with the Navy and Marine Corps also buying variants of the craft. Military leaders have advo...

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