First Japanese Assembled F-35A Rolled Out


The first Lockheed F-35A to be assembled in Japan was rolled out the at the F-35 Final Assemble and Check Out Facility in Nagoya on June 05, 2017.

The aircraft is serial number 79-8705.

A total of 38 F-35A are currently planned to be assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya, with deliveries due to begin this year. The first Japanese F-35A unit will be Misawa Airbase. Four US built F-35As are based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for training purposes.

Center -- Mr. Jason Hyland, Chargé d'Affaires, U.S. Embassy in Japan; left of Mr. Hyland -- Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, USFJ commander; on Mr. Hyland's right -- Mr. Kenji Wakamiya, Senior Parliamentary Minister (Photo by Thinh D. Nguyen, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company)