F-35 Flight Test Perspectives
15 September 2008
Eighteen test vehicles, more than 5,000 sorties, and 10,000 flight test hours are just a few ways to sum up the testing planned for the System Development and Demonstration, or SDD, phase of the F-35 program.
X to F: F-35 Lightning II And Its X-35 Predecessors
15 May 2008
A side-by-side comparison of the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter prototype with the F-35 Lightning II production aircraft underscores the huge strides the JSF program has made transitioning from demonstration to development.
F-35B Rolls Out
18 December 2007
The F-35B Lightning II rolled off the production line 18 December in Fort Worth, Texas, to the fanfare of customers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Italy. The rollout marked the formal handing over of the first short-takeoff vertical landing,
15 November 2007
The Block 50 F-16s are the latest additions to the base and the most modern fighters in the Chilean Air Force. The first of ten aircraft arrived in January 2006.
15 September 2007
The C12 engine test stand rises above the flat Florida terrain like a massive metal insect. Five steel pipes, up to eight feet in diameter, connect at a central arm that supports the vertical lift system that will power the F-35B Lightning II.
F-35 Lightning II Flight Tests
15 June 2007
The F-35 Lightning II took to the air for the first time on 15 December 2006 with chief test pilot Jon Beesley at the controls.
15 June 2007
F-22 Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing set new firsts in February as pilots and personnel took the US Air Force’s fifth-generation fighter from Langley AFB in Virginia to Kadena AB, Japan, and to Nellis AFB, Nevada.
Viper U At NAS Fallon
15 November 2006
The US Navy has been flying F-16s at NAS Fallon since early 2002 when the first of fourteen F-16s arrived (ten single-seat and four two-seat versions).
F-35 Lightning II Debuts
15 September 2006
The first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter met the world to fanfare worthy of a rock star as more than 1,300 employees, dignitaries, partners, and guests witnessed the unveiling at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, on 7 July.
The New Front Office
15 June 2006
With stealth, fully integrated avionics, advanced sensor fusion, and a dizzying array of interoperability and data-exchange requirements, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter represents more revolution than evolution.