The Marietta F-35 Team marked a milestone as the 500th ‘Centre Wing’, or ‘CW’, was shipped to the F-35 Final Assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas.
“The Marietta F-35 team delivered its first CW in September 2011. The milestone CW will be incorporated into CF-55, an F-35C aircraft that will be delivered to the U.S. Navy at NAS Lemoore, California, in 2021.
The Marietta team builds CWs for all three F-35 variants, the Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) F-35A, the Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B, and the Carrier Variant (CV) F-35C.”
The CW is a major structural component and represents nearly one third of the aircraft’s fuselage. The aircraft wings are attached to the CW during final assembly. Nearly all of the aircraft’s F135 engine case is enclosed in the CWA.
Production has ramped up from five Center Wings delivered in 2011, to 21 in 2012 (the first full year of production), to 112 CWs in 2019.
The Marietta team say they are currently scheduled to deliver more than 120 CWs in 2021.