posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 01:07 PM
Ok, I got the following in another company email:
Electrical Power Flows Into First Lockheed Martin F-35
Thu, 8 Sep 2005, 09:04
FORT WORTH, Texas: The first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter came alive with electrical power today, as technicians at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth
initiated "power-on" -- the incremental process of testing the aircraft's circuits, electronic components and wiring. The event was completed on
Ralph D. Heath, president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.:
"Power-on is a significant milestone in the manufacturing process of any new aircraft. The successful, on-time achievement of this event further
demonstrates that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is progressing as planned, and confirms the value and effectiveness of its innovative design
and build process. Today, we begin making sure that air 'power' is always 'on' when future F-35 pilots take to the skies to defend the freedom of
the United States and allied nations," Heath said.
Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF program manager:
"The ability to put electrical power on the jet indicates that the majority of the structure is assembled, the utility systems have been installed
and it's time to move into operational checkout of the systems and because the F-35 is such a highly integrated aircraft, many systems and functions
must be in place to achieve this milestone. The team has developed and verified the procedures in our labs over the past several months, and they've
met a schedule commitment set over 12 months ago."
It looks like the F-35 is well on it's way to becoming a reality. I look forward to seeing the first serial production model fly.