Aeroplane Porn: The First F-35 Arrives At Its First Home

You are watching aviation history. This is the first US Air Force F-35 Lightning II ever, the first step towards a new fleet full of stealth strike fighters. It's fully operative and combat ready. Bee-ooh-tee-ful.

Yes, no more testing units. This is the very first Department of Defence F-35, at bloody last. You can see it arriving to its new home at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, piloted by US Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Smith, the first USAF pilot qualified to fly the F-35. It will remain at its new home with the 33rd Fighter Wing as a training aircraft, so all those jockeys can learn to fly the ones that are coming next. [USAF]


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    Almost looks like James Bond in the cockpit.

      Wow, I wasn't the only one who saw Daniel Craig when I glimpsed at that photo.

    Yeah, it's pretty birdy! At a cost of somewhere around US $130 to $150 milion per unit,.. bargain!! Multiply that by the expected number of units plus maintenance,..Wow! chump change, I'll take 10 please! What a complete bloody waste of money.. They should of pumped it into NASA!

      My thoughts exactly. NASA's budget has been cut to record lows, while the military budget continues to inflate to record highs. There's something seriously wrong with that.

      This was actually the lesser of two evils, with the F-22 that it's 'replacing' being somewhere near quarter a billion each.

        I understand where you're coming from, but perhaps unfortunate you say, "lesser of two evils" because there really isn't any difference between them in the scheme of things!

    Let's also not forget that they carry less weapons than other aircraft because everything is carried in internal weapon bays..

    Going to be interesting to see how the new F-15 (Silent Eagle) with stealth capability handles as they can at least carry the usual weapon load (as necessary) and if they loose an engine - can still make it back to base.

    ...and NASA continues to get shafted. We could have had a mile-wide toroidal space-station 10 years ago, dammit!
    Also +1 to the above: are they really that much better than existing airframes? More importantly: are they better *for Australia* than existing planes?

    Im amazed that a country that effectively has no money can still afford either.... thats global economics for you!!

      Whoever believes the US has no money is a fool.

      OMG debt ceiling reached? It's been raised 74 times since the 60's. Last time I checked, we've had both great growth and recessions multiple times since. The economy is in constant flux, it is how it works, it can never always be perfect. People need to stop whining like little school girls.

        The US dollar was originally backed by gold, and when it ran out they just started to print money that has nothing behind it! Hence the major bounce when the corrupt ass-holes running the chook house turned out to be foxes!!

    Best job in the world.

    its cost australian taxpayers so much money. We should of let the americas develop it then purchase it for a fraction of the cost, like so many other countries are going to do.

      I think I'll take my news from people who know if "should of" is appropriate English or not, thanks.

        Is it really necessary to put a persons views down by demoralising them for poor grammar?

    Which country will be the new Libya for these to be delivered to? Plenty of resource rich African nations are looking for 'US liberty'.

    I like the shape of the F-16 more betterer.

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