International F-35 Fleet Begins Build Up At Eglin Air Force Base

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 23, 2012 – ZM135, a British F-35B and the first international Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Lightning II, takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at 9:03 a.m. CDT en route for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., United Kingdom Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Jim Schofield piloted the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) jet for the 90 minute ferry flight. The U.K. officially took ownership of ZM135 at a ceremony in Fort Worth last week. The jet will be used for operational testing and evaluation.   

F-35B Ferry-Flight

Lockheed Martin photo by Tom Harvey