News: Flight Test

  • Marines Do First-of-its-Kind Maintenance Test with F-35B on Ship

    Marines Do First-of-its-Kind Maintenance Test with F-35B on Ship

    DoD Buzz // November 10, 2016
    To prove that the Marines’ new 5th-generation fighter could undergo maintenance during an at-sea deployment, air crew aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America took one of the aircraft apart–and put it back together again.
  • Five F-35Bs Begin Shipboard Testing

    Five F-35Bs Begin Shipboard Testing

    Inside Defense // November 01, 2016
    Five Joint Strike Fighter "B"-variant aircraft landed on the amphibious assault ship America for testing last week, according to the Navy.
  • F-35s at Hill Working Well

    F-35s at Hill Working Well

    Air Force Magazine // October 16, 2015
    ​The first three F-35A jets flying at Hill AFB, Utah, are performing very well and have suffered no canceled sorties due to maintenance, 388th Fighter Wing Commander Col. David Lyons said at an Oct. 14 ceremony officially marking the start of F-35A operations there.
  • U.S. Navy Expands Test Envelope for F-35C

    U.S. Navy Expands Test Envelope for F-35C

    Aviation Week // October 16, 2015
    While all aircraft carrier pilots have a need for speed when getting airborne from the ship, F-35C test fliers were out to prove how slow they could go during flights earlier this month off CVN 69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower off the Virginia coast.
  • F-35s And F-16s Go Dutch

    F-35s And F-16s Go Dutch

    Aviation Week // August 28, 2015
    Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-35s and F-16s have been practicing joint operations from Edwards Air Force Base in California over the last two weeks.
  • 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.
  • Yuma’s F-35s to Enter New Phase of Training

    Yuma’s F-35s to Enter New Phase of Training

    Yuma Sun // May 08, 2015
    VMFA-121 will fly to MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina, then will be out at sea with the USS Wasp from May 18 to 29 for the F-35B's first operational test period (OTP).
  • Luke AFB Flies 1,000th Sortie

    Luke AFB Flies 1,000th Sortie

    Luke AFB // March 31, 2015
    The 56th Fighter Wing flew its 1,000th F-35 training sortie today making it the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1000-sortie milestone in the Department of Defense.
  • F-35 Software Challenge Won’t Delay IOC

    F-35 Software Challenge Won’t Delay IOC

    Defense News // March 24, 2015
    Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Joint Program Office, said the problem with the targeting software is being worked by a team of experts from inside and outside the Pentagon, and expressed confidence the issue would be solved relatively shortly.
  • 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.
  • Marines Receive First F-35C

    Marines Receive First F-35C

    Eglin AFB, Florida // January 23, 2015
    The jet will soon begin training in support of carrier-based operations.
  • A look at F-35 close air support tactics development

    A look at F-35 close air support tactics development

    Defense News // December 08, 2014
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a stealthy, high-tech, fifth-generation strike fighter — may also become a major player in close-air support (CAS) missions. Helping to drive that work is Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, who commands the USAF Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
  • UK F-35B Achieves Key Weapons Test Milestone

    UK F-35B Achieves Key Weapons Test Milestone

    BAE Systems // November 27, 2014
    A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States.
  • You may see an F-35 hovering over west Fort Worth

    You may see an F-35 hovering over west Fort Worth

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram // November 19, 2014
    People who drive near Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and the Joint Reserve Base in west Fort Worth are used to seeing F-16s or F-35s take off into the sky. Now they may see one suspended in midair.
  • F-35 completes first round of tests on U.S. Navy ship

    F-35 completes first round of tests on U.S. Navy ship

    Reuters // November 17, 2014
    The U.S. Navy version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet met 100 percent of the threshold requirements set for a first round of sea-based testing aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.
  • Redesigned Tailhook Tests Well In F-35 Sea Trials

    Redesigned Tailhook Tests Well In F-35 Sea Trials

    Aviation Week // November 16, 2014
    A pair of Lockheed Martin F-35Cs have completed their first series of arrested landings and catapult takeoffs from the carrier USS Nimitz this month, marking the start of the developmental test program for the U.S. Navy’s first stealthy piloted aircraft.
  • F-35C Makes First Arrested Landing on Aircraft Carrier

    F-35C Makes First Arrested Landing on Aircraft Carrier

    Defense News // November 03, 2014
    An F-35C Lightning II, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, made an arrested landing aboard a flattop today, an important milestone both in the development of the stealth fighter and in naval aviation history.
  • F-35 ‘On Track’ for Carrier Tests in November

    F-35 ‘On Track’ for Carrier Tests in November

    Defense News // September 25, 2014
    The F-35 joint strike fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier in November, but there are still variables as to what may be tested, the program’s top official said today.
  • F-35 Flight Test Program Milestones Maturing Combat Capabilities

    F-35 Flight Test Program Milestones Maturing Combat Capabilities

    Feature Article // August 25, 2014
    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity.
  • F-35 Lightning II crosswind resistant

    F-35 Lightning II crosswind resistant

    Piloot en Vliegtuig // July 31, 2014
    In the run-up to Initial Operational Capability (IOC) certification, an F-35B at Edwards AFB successfully conducted several landings which was affected by strong crosswinds and a wet track.
  • Navy Prepares F-35C for Carrier Landing

    Navy Prepares F-35C for Carrier Landing

    DoD Buzz // June 13, 2014
    Navy test pilots are conducting numerous shore-based test landings of the F-35C of the next-generation Joint Strike Fighter in anticipation of its first at-sea landing on an aircraft carrier later this year.
  • 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.
  • April Marks New F-35 Flying Records

    April Marks New F-35 Flying Records

    FORT WORTH, Texas // May 08, 2014
    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft fleet, which surpassed 16,000 program cumulative flight hours to date in April, flew a monthly record high for System Development and Demonstration (SDD) in April.
  • F-35 Fleet Surpasses 15,000 Flying Hours

    F-35 Fleet Surpasses 15,000 Flying Hours

    Fort Worth, Texas // April 15, 2014
    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.
  • F-35B Aircraft Fly in Formation in Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Mode

    F-35B Aircraft Fly in Formation in Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Mode

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. // February 19, 2014

    Two F-35B aircraft fly in close formation while in short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) mode for the first time on Feb. 11, 2014. Pilots Peter Wilson and Dan Levin flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects the…

  • Navy’s F-35C Completes Landing Tests Ahead of October Sea Trials

    Navy’s F-35C Completes Landing Tests Ahead of October Sea Trials

    USNI News // January 28, 2014
    The U.S. Navy’s carrier-based version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is nearing October sea trials after completing shore-based testing at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, to ensure compatibility with shipboard arresting gear.
  • F-35 Weapons Tests in 2014 Focus on Amraam

    Aviation Week & Space Technology // January 13, 2014
    With weapons testing becoming a more regular event for the F-35 program, developers are looking ahead to a fast pace of trials this year to prepare for the first operational use of the stealthy, single-engine fighter by the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015.
  • New Sortie Record for Eglin F-35s

    New Sortie Record for Eglin F-35s

    Eglin AFB // December 05, 2013
    A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4.
  • Marines Fly First F-35 STOVL Mission at Eglin

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // October 28, 2013
    The 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II program reached a new milestone when Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its first short take-off and vertical landing mission on Oct. 24.
  • AF Expects F-35 upgrade, 2nd Training Squadron in the Fall

    Air Force Times // September 13, 2013
    The Air Force’s F-35 program is expected to reach two major milestones this fall: the adoption of an advanced software and weapons system on the single-engine jet, and the beginning of major pilot training at the service’s second base for the fighter.
  • Eglin F-35 Fleet Exceeds 2K Sorties, Training Presses on

    Eglin F-35 Fleet Exceeds 2K Sorties, Training Presses on

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // August 15, 2013
    Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing here have consistently flown successful training sorties and generated their 2,000th sortie Aug. 13 with an instructor pilot of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 (VMFAT-501), at the controls.
  • First F-35B KC-10 Refueling

    First F-35B KC-10 Refueling

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. // June 19, 2013

    An F-35B Lightning II performs aerial refueling operations over the eastern seaboard with an Air Force KC-10 tanker. Marine Corps test pilot, Lt. Col. Matt Kelly flew BF-2 as part of strategic tanker testing being conducted by the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.  The test flight…

  • 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-35B Completes First Vertical Takeoff

    F-35B Completes First Vertical Takeoff

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. // May 20, 2013

    A Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II test aircraft recently completed the first-ever Vertical Takeoff (VTO) on May 10. VTOs are one of the many capabilities required for the fielding an F-35B aircraft. While not a combat capability, VTOs are required for repositioning of the…

  • F-35B Conducts First Night Time Vertical Landing

    F-35B Conducts First Night Time Vertical Landing

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. // April 04, 2013
    An F-35B Lightning II completed the first short takeoff and vertical landing during a test mission at night to expand the flight envelope and deliver capability to the warfighter.

    Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight April 2 to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time…

  • 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.…

  • Night Vision View of F-35C Lightning II Test Aircraft

    Night Vision View of F-35C Lightning II Test Aircraft

    Patuxent River, Md. // January 23, 2013

    NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND - An F-35C Lightning II, on a nighttime test flight, cuts through the skies over the Atlantic Test Ranges Jan. 23. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flew CF-5 for almost an hour, completing evaluation of the aircraft’s landing and taxi lights. (Lockheed Martin photo by Layne Laughter)

  • F-35C Completes First In-Flight Dual Refueling

    F-35C Completes First In-Flight Dual Refueling

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. // January 22, 2013

    For the first time, two Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant (CV) test aircraft refueled together with a Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules in the sky above Patuxent River, Md. The CV aircraft, known as CF-1 and CF-2, completed the milestone as part of an F-35 flight test program that will accomplish more…

  • F-35B Completes First Sea Trials on the USS WASP

    USS WASP (LHD-1) // October 24, 2011
    The amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD-1) returned to homeport Oct. 21 after an 18-day F-35B test period for the aircraft.

    While underway, the F-35B logged more than 28 hours of flight time and completed 72 short takeoffs and 72 vertical landings.