Testing Times Ahead for the Navy’s New Jet Fighter
The Navy’s strike fighter of tomorrow will be tested to the limit – without ever leaving the ground.
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Scientists and experts on Humberside will be putting strains and stresses on the F-35 Lightning II – the aerial punch of HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales – to ensure the stealth fighter-bomber is up to a lifetime of demanding operations.
The airframe of each F-35, which is being built jointly by Lockheed Martin and the UK’s BAE Systems, has a lifespan of around 8,000 hours – more than 47 entire weeks airborne.
Two 8,000-hour tests have already been conducted by the BAE team at their Military Air and Information site in Brough, just west of Hull.
Now a third stage is about to start to prove the airframe will be able to safely handle a variety of flying conditions it could experience when in service.Read the full article from Navy News.