Up until now supersonic jet fighters have been built like hot rods or race cars. Meticulously, and one at a time. No more. Due to overwhelming demand and a desire to cut production costs of the new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, Northrop has constructed a top sekrit moving assembly line in Palmdale, CA. They plan to use the facility to spit out jet fighters like rental fleet Mercury Sables. If Northrop can tool up to make a heap of fighters on-the-cheap in Palmdale, then perhaps former Boeing and now Ford man Alan Mulally can incorporate unused Boeing X-32 joint strike fighter VTOL technology into the next generation up-and-away edition flying Mustang.
A Fighter On the Line [Los Angeles Times]