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>F-35 Completes Most Comprehensive Flight Test Program in Aviation History
Apr 12, 2018
The F-35 program has accomplished the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. The final SDD flight occurred April 11, 2018, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River when the Navy test aircraft, CF-2, completed a mission to collect loads data while carrying external 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles. SDD flight testing highlights include full flight envelope performance and flying qualities; high angle-of-attack testing; Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) development testing; ship trials; 183 Weapon Separation Tests; 46 Weapons Delivery Accuracy tests; 33 Mission Effectiveness tests, which included numerous multi-ship missions of up to eight F-35s against advanced threats. More than a fighter jet, the F-35's ability to collect, analyze and share data is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, surface and ground-based assets in the battlespace and enables men and women in uniform to execute their mission and return home safe.