F-35 Stealth Testing Done In Italy; First Foreign Flight

Breaking Defense // September 08, 2015

The first F-35A built in Italy for the Italian Air Force took off yesterday for what the Lockheed Martin test pilot said was highly successful first flight.

β€œIt was identical to every other airplane we produce at Fort Worth,” pilot Bill Gigliotti told reporters today in what he clearly intended as a compliment to the Italians, whose facility at Cameri Air Base built and tested the plane.

The test flight ticked another first for the program: first F-35 flight outside the United States. (Hopefully, F-35Bs will get their chance to fly in July at the next Farnborough Air Show.)

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