Code One, Volume 11, Number 1, January 1998 Page: 34
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Japan Celebrates First Rivet For F-2
A first rivet ceremony in Fort Worth
launched F-2 fighter production for the
Japan Defense Agency. The rivet was
installed in a panel of the first aft fuselage
Lockheed Martin will deliver to Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries, Inc., this fall.
"We are extremely pleased to have
reached this manufacturing milestone in the
production of the F-2," said Dr. Don Jones,
the F-2 program director for Lockheed
Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems. "We look
forward to continuing our close partnership
with MHI to deliver aircraft that meet the
needs of the Japan Defense Agency."
Representatives from MHI and JDA also par-
ticipated in the ceremony.
All aft fuselages will be produced by
Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. Other
major components Lockheed Martin will
begin delivering this fall are the leading-
edge flaps, the stores management sets, and
the left-hand, composite co-cured wingbox.
These components will be installed in
the first eleven production aircraft under
Japan plans to build 130 F-2s. The aircraft
will be assembled at MHI's Komaki South
Plant in Nagoya with rollout scheduled in
early 2000. MHI is prime contractor.
PHOTO KATSUHIKO TOKUNAGA
Turkey Activates First Block 50 Base
The Turkish Air Force activated
its first Block 50 F-16 base,
Merzifon Air Base, in a national
ceremony in May 1997. The cere-
mony was attended by President
Suleyman Demirel and other dig-
nitaries from Turkey. A variety of
aircraft were on static display at
the ceremony. Turkey's F-5 air
demonstration squadron, called
the Stars, also made an appear-
ance to commemorate the event.
Turkey now has five F-16 bases.
34 January 1998
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