U.S. Navy F-35 jet makes first night flight as sea tests near end
The U.S. Navy
version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet made
its first night flight off an aircraft carrier on Thursday as it
neared the end of two weeks of sea-based testing aboard the USS
Nimitz, Navy and Pentagon officials said.
Two F-35 C-model jets on board the carrier have already met 95 percent of the requirements for the first of three rounds of sea-based tests, proving to be more reliable and performing better than expected, Navy test pilots told reporters.
By midday Thursday, the jets had carried out over 101 catapult launches from the carrier, 214 planned "touch and go" landings, and 104 arrested landings using a redesigned tailhook, according to the F-35 program office.Read the full article on Reuters.