Avionics-Equipped F-35 Joins Edwards AFB Test Jets

FORT WORTH, Texas, 12/14/2010 --

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.

Third F-35A Ferries to Edwards Air Force Base
(Lockheed Martin photo by Liz Kaszynski)