F-35 First Departures

Posted 4 December 2012
Photo by Tom Reynolds

Lockheed Martin test pilot David Nelson is at the controls of F-35A AF-4 for the first intentional departure from controlled flight as part of the high angle of attack testing being performed at the Air Force Test Center at Edwards AFB, California. This first departure test sortie occurred on AF-4 Flight 148 on 4 December 2012.

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