Lockheed Martin has announced its Marietta team has delivered its 500th F-35 center wing
on the production line at Lockheed Martin´s plant in Marietta, Georgia, the company said.
The Marietta F-35 Team marked a milestone on April 28, as the 500th Center 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 CW is a major structural component and represents nearly one third of the aircraft´s fuselage. The aircraft´s wings are attached to the CW during final assembly. Nearly all of the aircraft´s F135 engine case is enclosed in the CWA.
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.
Approximately 450 people work directly on the F-35 program in Marietta.