March 15, 2011

Senior Air Force officials tell Congress the projected initial operational capability date for the F-35A likely could slip up to two years, from 2016 to 2018, under the Pentagon’s latest restructure of the Joint Strike Fighter program. (On April 7, 2011, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, USAF Chief of Staff, would tell Congress the projected IOC is now at least late 2017.)