A tour down Lockheed Martin’s mile-long Fort Worth assembly line for the F-35 fighter indicates a long-awaited and program-defining production escalation is in full swing. The raw numbers reveal the magnitude of an ongoing, three-year sprint by a global production system.  Through the end of 2016, Lockheed required eight years to deliver the first 200 production fighters. The F-35’s customers expect the OEM to have delivered 290 more between 2017 and ...


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