MARIETTA, Ga. --- The 200th F-35 Center Wing Assembly (CWA) built in the Lockheed Martin facility here was delivered to the Fort Worth, Texas, F-35 production line in January, 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.
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.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.