F-35A AF-41 First Flight

Posted 15 December 2013
Photo by Carl Richards

Lockheed Martin test pilot Al Norman was at the controls for the first flight of F-35A AF-41 (US Air Force serial number 11-5030). The flight occurred on 15 December 2013 with takeoff and landing at NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas. AF-41 is the 100th F-35 produced and is the first of 144 F-35s scheduled for delivery to Luke AFB, Arizona, beginning in 2014. The US Air Force announced its decision in June 2013 to increase the number of squadrons at Luke AFB to six.

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