News: Edwards AFB

  • The F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force

    The F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force

    UK Ministry of Defence // September 13, 2017
    With the F-35B, the whole experience is much more controlled and predictable with the majority of the launch autonomous, allowing the pilot to focus on the mission ahead rather than being distracted by the launch.”
  • Lockheed Vice President Lauds F-35 Workforce

    Lockheed Vice President Lauds F-35 Workforce

    412th Test Wing Public Affairs // August 04, 2017
    Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin F-35 executive vice president and general manager, visited the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force July 20 and hosted an all hands event in one of the ITF’s hangars.
  • F-35C Targeting System Guides Weapon to Moving Target

    F-35C Targeting System Guides Weapon to Moving Target

    Edwards AFB, California / 412th Test Wing Public Affairs // April 20, 2017
    The F-35 Integrated Test Force recently performed another first-of-its-kind test when the aircraft released a laser-guided bomb against a moving target.
  • Hill AFB Fighter Wings Bring First F-35A to Red Flag

    Hill AFB Fighter Wings Bring First F-35A to Red Flag

    U.S. Air Force - 388th Fighter Wing // January 23, 2017
    Pilots and maintainers from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings deployed the F-35A Lightning II to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 20, 2017 for exercise Red Flag.
  • Edwards AFB Squadron Tests Missile for European Ally’s F-35

    Edwards AFB Squadron Tests Missile for European Ally’s F-35

    Edwards AFB // November 04, 2016
    From Norway to Australia, members from a number of allied and partner nations have come to Edwards Air Force Base to team with base units to test systems, enhance international cooperation and advance their own air force’s capabilities.
  • F-35 Completes First Live Air-to-Air Kill Test

    F-35 Completes First Live Air-to-Air Kill Test

    F-35 Joint Program Office // August 01, 2016
    U.S. Air Force test pilot, Maj. Raven LeClair, employed an AIM-9X missile from an F-35A's external wing against an aerial drone target in restricted military sea test range airspace
  • Air Force Pilots, Maintainers on F-35 Pros and Cons

    Air Force Pilots, Maintainers on F-35 Pros and Cons

    Defense News // May 11, 2016
    As the Air Force races to declare its F-35 jets operational before the end of the year, observers are still warning about schedule delays, a faulty logistics system, and software glitches.
  • Marine Osprey Flies in to Fuel Up F-35B

    Marine Osprey Flies in to Fuel Up F-35B

    412th Test Wing Public Affairs // May 02, 2016
    This was the first time an MV-22 has refueled an F-35. Both ground refueling and air-to-air refueling are important pieces to the Marine Corps' MAGTF operational construct.
  • First Refuel For RAAF KC-30A Refueller To F-35A

    First Refuel For RAAF KC-30A Refueller To F-35A

    Australian MOD // September 29, 2015
    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) completed the first fuel transfer with the air refuelling boom from a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
  • F-35A Fires 25mm Gun at Full Capacity

    F-35A Fires 25mm Gun at Full Capacity

    Edwards AFB // August 20, 2015
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force aims to complete ground testing this month and start airborne gun testing in the fall. At the end of the program’s system development and demonstration phase in 2017, the F-35 will have an operational gun.
  • Fifth Gen Flight Test

    Fifth Gen Flight Test

    Air Force Magazine // August 05, 2015
    The F-22 and F-35 are put through the wringer at Edwards AFB, Calif.
  • Rockwell Collins’ FireStormTM Targeting System Certified for use with F-35

    Rockwell Collins’ FireStormTM Targeting System Certified for use with F-35

    Edwards AFB, California // April 21, 2015
    A current and qualified Forward Air Controller (FAC) from the United Kingdom, using the Rockwell Collins FireStorm Integrated Targeting System, was the first to successfully guide an F-35 Lightning II aircraft digitally using a complete air strike mission thread in both a ground test and live flight.
  • Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB

    Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB

    Aviation Week // March 20, 2015
    Among the test aircraft at Edwards AFB are five added since the development started in 2001 to boost a focus on mission-systems flight trials, largely associated with the aircraft’s complex software.
  • Software Patch Being Tested For F-35 Multiship Attack

    Software Patch Being Tested For F-35 Multiship Attack

    Aviation Week // March 17, 2015
    Late last year, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program executive officer, said the latest software challenge was to create an accurate “fused” picture across multiship formations.
  • 17 (Reserve) Squadron Begins UK F-35 Testing

    17 (Reserve) Squadron Begins UK F-35 Testing

    UK Ministry of Defence // February 09, 2015
    The squadron, which was first formed in 1915, will be responsible for all the test and evaluation of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II.
  • Lockheed Develops Portable F-35 Trainer

    Lockheed Develops Portable F-35 Trainer

    Defense News // December 01, 2014
    The F-35 is a highly advanced, stealthy fighter that requires significant amounts of training to master. Enter Lockheed Martin’s new Deployable Mission Rehearsal Trainer.
  • VMX-22 Receives First F-35B Aircraft

    VMX-22 Receives First F-35B Aircraft

    Headquarters Marine Corps // October 09, 2014
    Marine Operational and Evaluation Squadron 22 received its first F-35B aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, California for operational testing Oct. 9, 2014.
  • F-35 Achieves Three Major Flight Milestones on Same Day

    F-35 Achieves Three Major Flight Milestones on Same Day

    Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. and Naval Air Systems Command, Md. // May 29, 2014
    In separate flight tests on May 27th, F-35s demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate.
  • Lightning, tornados over Edwards

    Lightning, tornados over Edwards

    412th Test Wing Public Affairs // May 29, 2014
    Two RAF tornados visited Edwards Air Force Base for interoperability testing with the F-35.
  • STOVL F-35 conducts flight testing

    STOVL F-35 conducts flight testing

    412th Test Wing Pubic Affairs; F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force Public Affairs // May 15, 2014
    A Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B performed Crosswind and Wet Runway testing at Edwards AFB on May 6.
  • F-35A Completes First In-Flight Missile Launch

    Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. // June 07, 2013

    An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 C5 AAVI (AMRAAM Air Vehicle Instrumented) earlier this week. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. George "Boxer" Schwartz. The aircraft, known as AF-1, launched the missile over the Point…

  • F-35 Flight Testing at Edwards

    F-35 Flight Testing at Edwards

    Code One Magazine // May 17, 2013

    The first thing members of the F-35 Integrated Test Force see when they walk through the main entrance to the hangar at Edwards AFB, California, is a large flat screen display with a list of flight test priorities. The items on that list can change from one day to the next.

  • F-35A Completes 3-Year Clean Wing Flutter Testing Program

    F-35A Completes 3-Year Clean Wing Flutter Testing Program

    Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. // February 11, 2013
    An F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, known as AF-1, recently completed its final test mission for clean wing flutter.

    Flutter testing was conducted to ensure the jet’s structure could withstand various aerodynamic loads verifying the F-35A’s design. The mission, flown by Maj. Ryan…

  • Second F-35A Reaches 500 Flight Hour Milestone

    Second F-35A Reaches 500 Flight Hour Milestone

    Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. // January 23, 2013

    A second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, known as AF-1, joined the 500 flight hour club recently during its 272nd flight. It joins AF-2 which passed the milestone June 26, 2012. The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) fighter began flight operations when it made its inaugural flight Nov. 14, 2009.…