First F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet delivery expected this month to Eglin Air Force Base

The U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter…

The U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay near Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland Feb. 11, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin Corp./Released)

Officials at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics are days away from sending Eglin Air Force Base its first of 59 Joint Strike Fighters.

“We are very close to delivering the first jet down there and I would say we believe it will happen in the month of June,” said Mike Rein, a spokesman for the company.

The arrival of the first F-35 will start a string of deliveries from this month to September. Six jets are slated for delivery by the end of the fiscal year, Rein said. The base will receive the majority of the jets within the next three years.

Source: Mona Moore for NWF Daily News.

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