PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 24 March 2014
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 14, 2014 - The first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered during a ceremony attended by dignitaries and hundreds of local civic leaders, wing military and civilian members here today. The F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing variant, known as LF 5030, is the first of 144 F-35As scheduled for delivery to the base.
"The F-35 Lightning II represents the future of tactical aviation for the United States and our allies,"
Luke Air Force Base Receives First F-35A Lightning II
"The F-35 Lightning II represents the future of tactical aviation for the United States and our allies," said U.S. Air Force Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. "This program is built on a foundation of unprecedented international partnership that is embodied at the integrated training center at Luke AFB. Together, we will train the next generation of pilots who will protect freedom at home and abroad."