The 500th aircraft manufactured is an F-35A, which is soon to be delivered to the United States Air Force Burlington Air National Guard Base in Vermont. The 500 produced aircraft included 354 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variants, 108 F-35B short takeoff / vertical landing (STOVL) variants and 38 F-35C carrier (CV) variants. The type also reached 250,000 flight hours, including all F-35s around the world.
These milestones are a testament to the talent and dedication of the joint government, military and industry teams. The F-35 is delivering an unprecedented 5th Generation combat capability to the warfighter at the cost of a 4th Generation legacy aircraft.
-said Greg Ulmer, the vice president and general manager of the F-35 program.
The F-35 operates from 23 bases worldwide. More than 985 pilots and over 8,890 maintainers are trained. Nine nations use the F-35 from their home soil, eight services have declared Initial Operating Capability and four services have employed F-35s in combat operations.