Turkey receives its first F-35s
- June 21, 2018
Turkey will receive its first two F-35 joint strike fighters today in a ceremony in Texas.
“Lockheed Martin will hold a rollout ceremony for Turkey this Thursday in Fort Worth, and the two jets will follow-on to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona at a later date. Turkish F-35 pilots and maintainers have arrived at Luke Air Force Base and will begin flight academics soon,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said.
Turkey ordered 100 aircraft, 30 of which were approved. The aircraft ordered by Turkey are reported to have the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variants. STOVL aircraft can take off without needing a long runway and make vertical landings. F-16 pilots currently serving in the Turkish Air Force will be able use the planes after the completion of a six-week training program.
Apart from Turkey, the U.S., U.K., Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Norway and Denmark are also present as participant members of the program.
The arrival of the jets in Turkey will be in 2020.