News: First Flight

  • First of Italy’s Lockheed F-35 Fighter Jets Completes Flight

    First of Italy’s Lockheed F-35 Fighter Jets Completes Flight

    Reuters // September 08, 2015
    Italy's Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet completed its inaugural flight on Monday, marking the first-ever F-35 flight outside the United States and a major international milestone for the $391 billion weapons program, Lockheed said.
  • Australia’s first F-35 gets airborne

    Australia’s first F-35 gets airborne

    Flightglobal // October 01, 2014
    The Royal Australian Air Force’s first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II made its debut flight from the manufacturer’s Fort Worth facility in Texas on 29 September.
  • Australia’s First F-35A Takes to the Skies

    Australia’s First F-35A Takes to the Skies

    Fort Worth, Texas // September 30, 2014
    Australia’s first Lockheed Martin F-35A made its inaugural flight on Sept. 29, marking another significant milestone for the Royal Australian Air Force’s F-35 program.
  • Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes First Flight

    Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes First Flight

    Fort Worth, Texas // April 02, 2013

    Monday, the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a…

  • First F-35 With Marietta-Built Center Wing Flown

    First F-35 With Marietta-Built Center Wing Flown

    Fort Worth, Texas // March 08, 2013
    The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly (CWA) built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., was flown for the first time this week.

    The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps at Yuma, Ariz. The…