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United Kingdom’s First Lockheed Martin F-35 Makes Inaugural Flight

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United Kingdom’s First Lockheed Martin F-35 Makes Inaugural Flight

Post by el on Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:37 pm

the United Kingdom’s first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production aircraft, flew its inaugural flight Friday. Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti took the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet through a series of functional flight checks during a sortie that lasted 45 minutes. The jet will complete a series of company and government checkout flights prior to its acceptance by the U.K. Ministry of Defence.

The U.K. MOD will use this 5th Generation fighter for training and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., beginning later this year.

"Not only is this a watershed moment for the Joint Strike Fighter program, since BK-1 is the first international F-35 to fly, but it also brings us one step closer to delivery of this essential 5th Generation capability for the U.K., " said Group Captain Harv Smyth, the Joint Strike Fighter U.K. National Deputy.
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Post by Mix on Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:23 am

Exensive and under performaced substitute for Harier
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Post by el on Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:52 pm

Mix wrote:Exensive and under performaced substitute for Harier
what to say, it's their choice (imho not wise)
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Post by Mix on Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:27 am

They had to do it after signing the development contract in the first place.
JSF should be much much different and far less expensive(and be operational earlyer especialy concerning full insight tehnology of Yak 141 which this craft is based on)
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