The United States accepted its final F-35 delivery for 2014 just before the New Year, meeting the program production goal of 36 aircraft for the year.
Lockheed Martin, BAE and other industry partners have delivered 109 aircraft to the US, UK and allies since the program’s inception.
The 36th delivery, the final one of 2014 known as CF-19, was the first F-35C carrier variant delivered to the Marine Corps.
Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer said:
“Meeting U.S. and International aircraft delivery goals is a stepping stone. It’s a global undertaking to build and deliver F-35s. Thousands of men and women produced the 300,000 individual parts from 46 US states and 10 other countries to make these stealth fighters, and they should be proud of their accomplishment.”
The 36 F-35 deliveries include:
23 F-35A – U.S. Air Force
2 F-35A – Royal Australian Air Force
4 F-35B – U.S. Marine Corps
7 F-35C – U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps
Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin F-35 Program General Manager said:
“Delivering the most F-35s in program history is a clear demonstration of our growing stability and ability to ramp up production. Congratulations to the entire government and industry team for their work to deliver 36 aircraft.”