2011 PARIS AIR SHOW -- I thought I'd share the breifing slides from Lockheed's presentation yesterday on the progress of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. It's pretty standard stuff but it gives a good view of how much progress has been made --especially with the F-35B STOVL-model -- sincelast year when the entire program seemed to be teetering on the brink of....something. Among the interesting highlights shown is that the program is set to deliver 50 jets to the JSF schoolhouse at Eglin AFB in Florida by the end of next year. Deputy JSF program manager Maj. Gen. C.D. Moore said during the breifing that he's hoping for very first production model F-35s to arrive at Eglin in a matter of days. Among the other intersting snippets of infor from these slides are pictures of Russsia's Sukhoi PAK FA stealth fighter and what looks like and S-300 surface-to-air missile launcher under a caption that reads "Counters Current and Future Threats." This may have been a subtle message to those who say the F-35 may not be a match for the new crop of stealth fighters being developed by countries like Russia, India and China. Or, maybe I'm reading too much into the slides.
Click through the jump to see the briefing slides. 01 Par is Brief 062011 Final