Wednesday, December 15, 2010

PHOTO: Avionics-equipped F-35 joins Edwards test program

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The third F-35A to join the test fleet at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., tops off its fuel tanks while cruising west toward its destination after departing Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 11. Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti flew the conventional takeoff and landing variant, known as AF-3, on the 1,200-mile ferry flight. AF-3 will focus on testing advanced technologies and mission systems. The F-35 Lightning II program on Dec. 9 achieved its goal of 394 flights in 2010, and reached the 400-flight mark for the year-to-date on Dec.13. (Lockheed Martin photo by Liz Kaszynski)

Base Leg Note: The tanker in the photo is an NKC-135R Big Crow Flying Laboratory, serial 61-0320

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