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F-35C at Sea for U.S. Navy Development Test III

USS George Washington (CVN 73) // August 16, 2016

The F-35C Lightning II is conducting operations aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) for Development Test III (DT-III).

Pilots and maintainers from VFA-101, also known as the Grim Reapers, based at Eglin AFB, Florida, and from the NAS Patuxent River Integrated Test Force team, are exceeding expectations during the test. Pilot carrier qualifications for VFA-101 were completed in two days, and the Pax River ITF has completed 125 test points and eliminated 101 test point requirements due to exceptional performance.

See more photos from DT-III and read the official USS George Washington blog