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Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB

Aviation Week // March 20, 2015

With the F-35 development program 60% complete and two years to go, the test program is operating at a high pace.

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. Several aircraft are being outfitted with the so-called 2B Engineering Test Build (ETB) software patch designed to correct deficiencies in the platform’s ship-to-ship data fusion performance.  Testers hope to validate this patch in time to deploy it when the U.S. Marine Corps declares initial operational capability in July.

Read the Aviation Week article to get a full list of the F-35 test aircraft at Edwards AFB and their primary functions.