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The F-35 Lightning II Program is currently in the test phase. During this time they will assemble and test several engines and airframe. Some of the results of these tests be performed on the A-Variant (CTOL) can be seen below.

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  Two new Air Force variants of the F-35 Lightning II taxi in to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the first time June 5, 2013. The 33rd Fighter Wing received the F-35A Lightning II jets bringing the total to 12 Air Force joint strike fighters. Including the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 based here, the training fleet grew to 25 F-35A and F-35B joint strike fighters. The Navy F-35C variant is slated to arrive in the coming weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Egebrecht) Maintainers from the 33rd Fighter Wing put the chocks on one of two new F-35A Lightning II fighters received at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 5, 2013. Including the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 based here, the training fleet grew to 25 F-35A and F-35B joint strike fighters. The Navy F-35C variant is slated to arrive in the coming weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Egebrecht)
An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 C5 AAVI (AMRAAM Air Vehicle Instrumented). (Lockheed Martin photo by Matt Short) An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 C5 AAVI (AMRAAM Air Vehicle Instrumented). (Lockheed Martin photo by Matt Short) An F-35A Lightning II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing recently qualified in aerial refueling for the joint strike fighter. The 33rd FW is responsible for F-35 A/B/C Lightning II pilot and maintainer training for the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and, in the future, at least eight coalition partners. The KC-135 is assigned to the 336th Air Refueling Squadron, March AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Nimmo)
An advanced F-35 Lighting II joint strike fighter taxis on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. arriving to the Air Education Training Command F-35 schoolhouse, May 6, 2013. The F-35’s arrival will be a major training effort at the schoolhouse, and allow all military branches to train on the newest platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Egebrecht) An advanced F-35 Lighting II joint strike fighter taxis on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. arriving to the Air Education Training Command F-35 schoolhouse, May 6, 2013. The F-35’s arrival will be a major training effort at the schoolhouse, and allow all military branches to train on the newest platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Egebrecht) The fourth F-35A Lightning II arrives April 24, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base Nev. The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron will design the tactics for the F-35A through rigorous test flights over the Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes)
Airman 1st Class Lance Colbert gives a thumbs-up to the pilot and ground crew prior to marshalling out the F-35A Lightning II March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Colbert is a crew chief with the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Rodger Hardy, Defense Contract Management Agency pilot, delivers the fourth F-35A Lightning II April 24, 2013, to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft’s modern engine delivers more than 60 percent more thrust than any other aircraft of the same weight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes) A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II followed by a Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, fly’s over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 24, 2013, prior to landing. The F-35 Lightning II is the fourth of four f-35s to arrive here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes)
The F-35 Lightning II is scheduled to begin arriving at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 28. The F-35 will be used for developmental test support, force development evaluation and supporting operational test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) An F-35A Lightning II lands at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 6, 2013. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and the aircraft will be used for development test support, force development evaluation, and supporting operational test aircraft at Edwards AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard) Another milestone for the international program, the second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility on March 2.
David Nelson, Lockheed Martin F-35 chief test pilot, flew AF-4 during High Angle of Attack testing Dec. 5, 2012, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. This was the first intentional departure of the F-35A. (Photo by Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin) David Nelson, Lockheed Martin F-35 chief test pilot, flew AF-4 during High Angle of Attack testing Dec. 5, 2012, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. This was the first intentional departure of the F-35A. (Photo by Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin) The F-35A, AF-4, can be seen outfitted with a spin recovery chute (SRC) during High Angle of Attack testing accomplished by the F-35 Integrated Test Force team at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo by Darin Russell/Lockheed Martin)
The F-35A, AF-4, can be seen outfitted with a spin recovery chute (SRC) during High Angle of Attack testing accomplished by the F-35 Integrated Test Force team at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo by Darin Russell/Lockheed Martin) The Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first time a weapon communicated with the aircraft during flight using a data link. (Courtesy photo by Matthew Short/Lockheed Martin) Staff Sgt. Travis Goll, a 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, begins communicating with the pilot of an F-35A Lightning II Nov. 14 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The landing of the aircraft marked the last sortie to complete the 33rd Fighter Wing's flying and training portions of the Air Force Operational Utility Evaluation for the joint strike fighter. A Joint Operational Test Team will write their report of their evaluation here for Air Education and Training Command's review and approval, "Ready For Training," needed for the wing to begin formal F-35A training. (U.S. Air Force photo /Maj. Karen Roganov)
F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter maintainers from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., preflight the jet before taking off for a local training mission over the Emerald Coast Sept. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock) An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) from a 5th Generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric "Doc" Schultz. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned an instrumented GBU-31 over the China Lake test range from the left internal weapons bay. The F-35A 5th Generation fighter is designed to carry a payload of up to 18,000 pounds using 10 weapon stations. The F-35A features four internal weapon stations located in two weapon bays to maximize stealth capability.  The CTOL aircraft can also utilize an additional three external weapon stations per wing if required. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) from a 5th Generation fighter, Oct. 16. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
Group shot of the F-35 Combined Test Force team that performed stores static ejection testing on an F-35 for the past three weeks. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Three U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets are the latest to be delivered from Lockheed Martin to the U.S. Government. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corp) Three U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets are the latest to be delivered from Lockheed Martin to the U.S. Government. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corp)
AF-1 drops a 2,000-lb JDAM for stores static ejection testing. The dot stickers on the aircraft and weapon are part of a complex camera system that accurately measures and models the aircraft’s motion. A series of high speed cameras surround the F-35 and photograph each store release. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. 2012 07 05 - AF-1 awaiting drop test at Edwards AFB. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 drops an AMRAAM missile. The foam in the pit is positioned in a wedge layout to absorb the impact of the weapon and prevent it from bouncing and damaging the weapons bay. If the weapon and its instrumentation have not been damaged during the drop, it can be reused in future ground releases. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
An F-35A Lightning II from the 33rd Fighter Wing soars alongside a KC-135R Stratotanker and an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the unit’s first joint strike fighter air-to-air refuel mission April 11.(Photo credit U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Casey Smith) Two F-35A Lightning IIs from the 33rd Fighter Wing soar over Eglin Air Force Base's range during the unit’s first joint strike fighter formation flight April 10.(Photo credit U.S. Air Force/Capt. Ryan Seymour) On Saturday, April 21, a F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the program’s first in-flight refueling mission while configured with external weapons at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.(Lockheed Martin photo by Tom Reynold)
Navy Lt. Christopher Tabert on March 23 completed the government acceptance flight for AF-14, a production-level F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter for the U.S. Air Force. In doing so, a Marine Corps official said he became the only military test pilot to fly the A, B and C versions of the F-35: the U.S. Air Force F-35A, the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing model, and the U.S. Navy F-35C carrier variant. An F-35A Lightning II from the 33rd Fighter Wing soars alongside a KC-135R Stratotanker and an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the unit’s first joint strike fighter air-to-air refuel mission April 11.(Photo credit U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Casey Smith) An F-35A Lightning II from the 33rd Fighter Wing soars alongside a KC-135R Stratotanker and an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the unit’s first joint strike fighter air-to-air refuel mission April 11.(Photo credit U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Casey Smith)
The first night refueling in the history of the F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.(Lockheed Martin photo by Matthew Short) Lt. Col. George Schwartz, Commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, gives a tour of AF-2 to the Honorable Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley Lt. Col. George Schwartz, Commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, gives a tour of AF-2 to the Honorable Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley
James Murr, a seven member of the 96th Petroleum Oil and Lubricants flight, refuels the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter’s 18,000 pound internal fuel tanks after its sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 20. (Photo credit U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.) James Murr, a seven member of the 96th Petroleum Oil and Lubricants flight, refuels the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter’s 18,000 pound internal fuel tanks after its sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 20. (Photo credit U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.) James Murr, a seven member of the 96th Petroleum Oil and Lubricants flight, refuels the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter’s 18,000 pound internal fuel tanks after its sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 20. (Photo credit U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)
Lt. Col. Eric Smith, the 58th Fighter Squadron director of operations, puts on his helmet as Staff Sgt. Jeremy Houser, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, assists prior to the first F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) The F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis out for its first training sortie followed by an F-16 chase aircraft March 6 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) The F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter lifts off for its first training sortie March 6 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It’s the first flight of any 33rd Fighter Wing F-35 since their arrival to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Randy Gon)
On February 16, 2012 the first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Paul Weatherman. On February 16, 2012 the first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Paul Weatherman. Eglin Launches First F-35. Small step into future of air dominance. U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab.
On February 16, 2012 the first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Paul Weatherman. On February 16, 2012 the first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Paul Weatherman. F-35A performs first night flight. Photo credits: Lockheed Martin photographers Tom Reynolds and Darin Russell.
Sixth F-35A Delivered to Eglin Air Force Base. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin. Three F-35 Lightning II ‘A’ variant planes (AF-02, AF-03, and AF-04)  fly over Edwards Air Force Base in the conduct of aircraft test and evaluation. The F-35 Lightning II, commonly referred to as the Joint Strike Fighter is a fifth generation aircraft built for use by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as eight international partners. The ‘A’ variant is designed for conventional take-off and landing (CTOL), and will be used by the U.S. Air Force. (photo by Paul Weatherman, Lockheed Martin) F-35A performs first night flight. Photo credits: Lockheed Martin photographers Tom Reynolds and Darin Russell.
Lockheed Martin Delivers Second F-35 Production Jet in a Week. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin. Lightning Strikes Twice: Two-ship Arrival at Eglin. Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photographer Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago. Fifth F-35 Lightning II Bolts to Eglin Air Force Base. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Jack Noble.
AF-3 mid-air refuel during ferry to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-7, the second F-35 Lightning II production jet, takes off on its first flight Friday, March 4, from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant flew for 1.3 hours. AF-7 is the second and final aircraft from Low Rate Initial Production lot 1. The first, AF-6, flew for the first time a week earlier.  AF-6 and AF 7 will assist maturity testing and operational assessment flight testing at Edwards, Air Force Base, CA. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin. A crew chief from the 33rd Fighter Wing here guides a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to its final parking position today. The aircraft, known as AF-9, is the first production F-35 to be delivered to the wing.  AF-9 arrived at 1:18 p.m. CDT after launching on its more than 90-minute ferry flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The jet will be used for activities in concert with training F-35 pilots and maintainers who begin coursework at the base’s new F-35 Integrated Training Center this fall. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin Photgrapher, David Drais.
AF-1 and AF-2 during endurance flight test 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 and AF-2 during endurance flight test 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 and AF-2 during endurance flight test 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 and AF-2 during endurance flight test 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 take-off on 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 and AF-2 during mid-air refuel 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 and AF-2 during endurance flight test 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 and AF-2 during endurance flight test 17 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 and AF-2 on the flightline. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
Pilot George "Hog" Griffiths. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 during endurance test and ferry 11 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 during endurance test and ferry 11 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 and AF-2 during endurance test and ferry 11 May 2010. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 soares through the air during flight test. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 flies for the first time alongside AF-2. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 flies for the first time alongside AF-2. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 flies for the first time alongside AF-2. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 flies for the first time alongside AF-2. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 flies for the first time alongside AF-2. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 soares through the air during its maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 taking off on maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 taking off on maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 taking off on maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 taking off on maiden flight. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 powering up for maiden lift-off. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AF-1 enters the flightline as it prepares to take off on its maiden voyage. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 enters the flightline as it prepares to take off on its maiden voyage. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 enters the flightline as it prepares to take off on its maiden voyage. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 flies over the Grand Canyon. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 takes off on flight 85. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AF-1 sits in the hangar as it awaits final clearance to enter the flightline on its maiden voyage. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 flies with open weapons bay doors during flight number 72. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 flies with open weapons bay doors during flight number 72. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 flies over Edwards with weapons bay doors open. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 flies with open weapons bay doors during flight number 72. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 flies with open weapons bay doors during flight number 72. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 flies over Edwards with weapons bay doors open. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 flies over Edwards with weapons bay doors open. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Jeff "Slim" Knowles is greeted after exiting AA-1 by Maj. Gen. David J. Eichhorn, Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base and Doug Pearson, Lockheed Martin F-35 Integrated Test Force. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 touches down at Edwards Air Force Base on 01 OCT 2008 after a successful ferry flight from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, TX. AA-1 was flown on the 3.1 hour non-stop flight by Jeff "Slim" Knowles. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
AA-1 makes its first long distance commute as it travels from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, TX to Edwards AFB. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. With professionals in the cock pit, technicians begin diagnostic tests of the AA-1. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. With a summer storm on the horizon the Lightning II sits ominously in the doorway of the Lockheed factory in Fort Worth, TX. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
F135 FTE1 is powered up for the first time since its install in AA-1. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II performs Low-Speed taxi tests on the runway in Fort Worth, TX. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II performs Low-Speed taxi tests on the runway in Fort Worth, TX. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The Lightning II performs Low-Speed taxi tests on the runway in Fort Worth, TX. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II performs Low-Speed taxi tests on the runway in Fort Worth, TX. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The F-35 Lightning II takes to the air for the first time on 15 DEC 2006. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The F-35 Lightning II climbs out from the Joint Reserve Base in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II flies over Texas on its inaugural flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II flies over Texas on its inaugural flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The Lightning II flies over Texas on its inaugural flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II flies over Texas on its inaugural flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Pilot Jon Beesley performs a text book landing at the close of the 35 minute first flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The Lightning II with retracted landing gear during its second test flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II AA-1 taxis to the runway for its third flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II AA-1 takes to the air for the third time. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The Lightning II AA-1 third flight lift off (alternate angle). Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lightning II AA-1 lands safely following its third flight test. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The CATBird First Flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The CATB in flight for the first time as it begins a series of test on the F-35 Lightning II Avionics. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Johannes Berger. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
F-35 test aircraft AA-1 highspeed runway test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35 test aircraft AA-1 undergoing flight test in Ft. Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II attaches to the refueling boom of a KC-135 tanker over North Texas on March 12. The flight marked the beginning of aerial refueling system evaluations for the F-35, which has completed 34 test flights. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II attaches to the refueling boom of a KC-135 tanker over North Texas on March 12. The flight marked the beginning of aerial refueling system evaluations for the F-35, which has completed 34 test flights. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II attaches to the refueling boom of a KC-135 tanker over North Texas on March 12. The flight marked the beginning of aerial refueling system evaluations for the F-35, which has completed 34 test flights. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II attaches to the refueling boom of a KC-135 tanker over North Texas on March 12. The flight marked the beginning of aerial refueling system evaluations for the F-35, which has completed 34 test flights. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II attaches to the refueling boom of a KC-135 tanker over North Texas on March 12. The flight marked the beginning of aerial refueling system evaluations for the F-35, which has completed 34 test flights. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The F-35's 2nd ever test pilot Graham Tomlinson gets his feet wet in AA-1. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The F-35's 2nd ever test pilot Graham Tomlinson gets his feet wet in AA-1. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The F-35's 2nd ever test pilot Graham Tomlinson gets his feet wet in AA-1. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The F-35's 2nd ever test pilot Graham Tomlinson gets his feet wet in AA-1. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The F-35's 2nd ever test pilot Graham Tomlinson gets his feet wet in AA-1. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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