The 200th F-35 Center Wing Assembly (CWA) built in the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta (USA) was delivered to the Fort Worth, Texas, F-35 production line in January 2017, marking a major milestone.

The CWA is a major structural component and represents approximately one quarter of the aircraft's fuselage. The aircraft's wings are attached to the CWA during final assembly, which takes place at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth.

Since the Marietta F-35 team delivered its first CWA in September 2011, all 200 assemblies have been delivered to Fort Worth on or ahead of the final production line need dates, including 51 in 2016. The current Marietta production rate calls for one completed CWA to be delivered approximately every 3.5 manufacturing days.

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On the 9th of February, employees who designed and built the aircraft celebrated the new Super Hercules with a traditional "rollout" ceremony held at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility. Team members walked LM-100J out of the building that is home to the Super Hercules production line. The next stop for the milestone Super Hercules is the flightline, where it will prepare for its first flight in spring 2017.
 

Lockheed Martin said that approximately 350 people are assigned to the F-35 program in Marietta. In addition to assembling the CWAs on a state-of-the art production line, technicians also apply specialized coatings to the aircraft's horizontal and vertical tail assemblies and to spare and repaired doors, panels and covers.