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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.

The 2h flight of the aircraft – designated AU-1 by Lockheed and A35-001 by the RAAF – was conducted by company test pilot Al Norman. Australia's lead aircraft will remain at Fort Worth alongside its AU-2 stablemate for further testing, before being delivered to the US Air Force training school at Luke AFB in Arizona in early 2015.

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Photo by Lockheed Martin.