Michael Gilmore, director of Operational Test and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, wrote a memo to Frank Kendall, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, on Oct. 21, 2011, expressing “serious concerns” about starting F-35 training on the Air Force’s conventional take-off and landing variant at Eglin AFB, Fla., this fall. Gilmore argued that the Joint Strike Fighter program has yet to meet all prerequisites and address other safety-related issues. Here, AF-10 and AF-11 strike fighters are delivered to Eglin AFB, Fla., with 33rd Fighter Wing piloted F-16s escorting the jets to their new home, Aug. 31, 2011.
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