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Lockheed-Made F-35 Aircraft Achieves 400K Flight Hour Milestone

Lockheed-Made F-35 Aircraft Achieves 400K Flight Hour Milestone - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II aircraft from across the globe have collectively flown for 400,000 hours of operational, training and developmental activities.

Combat-assigned and operational F-35 units recorded 165,000 flight hours or approximately 41 percent of the total figure,  the company’s F-35 program said Thursday.

The combined flight hours ran across 235,329 sorties of 224 detachments, with highest mission-capable rates exhibited by the aircraft’s conventional takeoff variant.

“This milestone is a testament to the dedicated work of the joint government, military and industry teams sustaining, maintaining, operating and flying F-35s around the globe,” said Bridget Lauderdale, vice president and general manager for the F-35 program at Lockheed.

The company also reported a cost-per-flight reduction of 44 percent and seeks to lower the cost by 40 percent more over the next half-decade.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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