Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has announced the delivery of the 500th F-35 aircraft to the Burlington Air National Guard base in Vermont, the company said.
The 500 hundred F-35s include 354 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variants, 108 F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variants and 38 F-35C carrier (CV) variants for the US and international customers. In February, the F-35 enterprise surpassed 250,000 flight hours. The 250,000 flight hours include all F-35s in the fleet comprised of developmental test jets, training, operational, US and international aircraft.
The F-35 operates from 23 bases worldwide. More than 985 pilots and over 8,890 maintainers are trained. Nine nations use the F-35 from their home soil, eight services have declared Initial Operating Capability and four services have employed F-35s in combat operations.
Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services