FRC East Achieves Milestone, Completing First F-35A and C Modifications
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — The first Air Force F-35A Lightning II, AF-10, inducted at Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East for modifications departed for the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on June 7, FRCE said in a June 19 release.
The departure of the jet represents another successful milestone, demonstrating FRC East depot capability to perform heavy maintenance at Cherry Point. The depot has now received, modified and returned all variants of the fifth-generation aircraft.
FRC East is the primary depot source of repair for both F-35B and F-35C variant workloads, while serving as a backup depot repair facility for the F-35A variant.
The command inducted the first A- and C-variants in August and November, respectively. The aircraft underwent structural, mechanical and software modifications to standardize these aircraft to the current production configurations. The modifications improve capability and increase lethality of the F-35 variants.
The F-35C, Navy variant, is one of the 10 aircraft designated by the Navy to meet its goal of initial operating capability by August.
“FRC East has successfully demonstrated capability on all F-35 variants,” said Donald Jeter, FRC East’s F-35 program manager.