ATK has produced its 150th composite wing skin for the Lockheed Martin F-35 jet and commemorated the milestone with a ceremony Wednesday at its Clearfield, Utah facility, the Standard-Examiner reported Thursday.
Mitch Shaw writes the event highlighted ATK’s work on the fighter jet and the program’s contributions to national security and the economy.
Members of the Utah State Legislature and Lockheed officials attended the celebration, according to the report.
The service is considering stationing the first three F-35 operational squadrons at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, the article notes.
Utah Congressman Rob Bishop and Senator Orrin Hatch believes the move could help secure the base’s future workloads, Shaw reports.
Bob Delaney, a Lockheed executive, told the Standard-Examiner the F-35 program has created more than 125,000 jobs across the country.