News: NAS Patuxent River

  • 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.”
  • F-35C Completes DT-III Ahead of Schedule

    F-35C Completes DT-III Ahead of Schedule

    USS George Washington (CVN 73) // August 29, 2016
    The highly diverse cadre assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 showcased their trademark test efficiency and effectiveness by completing 100 percent of the required DT-III test points.
  • F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb

    F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland // June 19, 2015
    The inaugural weapons separation test of the Paveway IV conducted by the F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) was a major milestone for the U.K. Royal Navy and RAF F-35 program.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.
  • 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.
  • Ready for Sea Trials; F-35B Completes 500th Vertical Landing

    Ready for Sea Trials; F-35B Completes 500th Vertical Landing

    Fort Worth, Texas // August 06, 2013

    The Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing August 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

  • 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…

  • Pilot Completes First F-35 Vertical Landing for Royal Air Force

    Pilot Completes First F-35 Vertical Landing for Royal Air Force

    Patuxent River, Md. // June 04, 2013
    Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II on May 28.

    Following the flight, Schofield commented on the F-35B’s handling capabilities.

    “The F-35 has truly revolutionised STOVL…

  • 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…

  • 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…