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Photos > SDD > B-Variant Testing

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 B-Variant (STOVL) can be seen below.

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    Naval Weapons Station, China Lake, CA (April 4) - Two United Kingdom Typhoon jets deployed to China Lake fly interoperability test missions with F-35B test aircraft from Edwards AFB.  All platforms were able to communicate via Link-16 -- a military tactical data exchange network used by US, NATO and other nations. With Link-16, military aircraft, as well as ships and ground forces, may exchange their tactical picture in near-real time. Link-16 also supports the exchange of text messages, imagery, data, and voice communications. This event marks the first international interoperability test with the F-35. (Lockheed Martin image)
An F-35B Lightning II aircraft lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the second at-sea F-35 developmental test event. Three F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fly in formation during fixed-wing aerial refueling training over eastern California, Aug. 27. VMFA-121 is the first F-35B squadron in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Thorn) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Thorn)
Lockheed Martin photo by John Wilson PATUXENT RIVER, Md.,  June 19, 2013  - An F-35B (Marine Corps STOVL variant) Lightning II jet conducts aerial refueling operations over the eastern seaboard with an Air Force KC-10 refueling tanker. The test flight was conducted as part of Strategic Tanker Testing at the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Flown by Marine Corps test pilot, Lt. Col. Matthew Kelly, the successful tanking mission marked the first time the Marine version of the Lightning II received fuel from an Air Force KC-10. (Lockheed Martin photo by Michael Jackson)
Lockheed Martin photo by John Wilson PATUXENT RIVER, Md.,  June 19, 2013  - An F-35B (Marine Corps STOVL variant) Lightning II jet conducts aerial refueling operations over the eastern seaboard with an Air Force KC-10 refueling tanker. The test flight was conducted as part of Strategic Tanker Testing at the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Flown by Marine Corps test pilot, Lt. Col. Matthew Kelly, the successful tanking mission marked the first time the Marine version of the Lightning II received fuel from an Air Force KC-10. (Lockheed Martin photo by Michael Jackson)
BF-02 Flt 253- US Navy Lieutenant Colonel Matthew "Squirt" Taylor piloting BF-02 during Strategic Tanker Testing over the Eastern Shore of Maryland on 19 June 2013. This marks the first time that a F-35B has tanked from a KC-10. BF-02 Flt 253- US Navy Lieutenant Colonel Matthew "Squirt" Taylor piloting BF-02 during Strategic Tanker Testing over the Eastern Shore of Maryland on 19 June 2013. This marks the first time that a F-35B has tanked from a KC-10. BF-02 Flt 253- US Navy Lieutenant Colonel Matthew "Squirt" Taylor piloting BF-02 during Strategic Tanker Testing over the Eastern Shore of Maryland on 19 June 2013. This marks the first time that a F-35B has tanked from a KC-10.
Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight April 2 to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C.R. Clift conducted the flight April 2 to gather data on the helmet and lighting conditions for night time operations. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II on May 28.(Lockheed Martin photo by Dane Wiedmann)
Photo of BF-1 flying Mode 4 with external stores on Flight 279. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe) On March 26, the F-35B Lightning II became the first F-35 variant to complete airborne weapons separations on three different munitions, the most of any model. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks released an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile from BF-3 over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges.(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) United Kingdom Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Frankie Buchler became the first international student-pilot to fly a sortie in the F-35B Lightning II March 19 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov)
Photo of BF-1 flying Mode 4 with external stores on Flight 279. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Michael D. Jackson) Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flies BF-1 on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission, Dec. 7.(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) 3 DEC 2012 - F-35B test aircraft BF-3 flown by lcdr michael burks, completed the first aerial weapons release of an inert 500 pound gbu-12. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
3 DEC 2012 - F-35B test aircraft BF-3 flown by lcdr michael burks, completed the first aerial weapons release of an inert 500 pound gbu-12. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. 3 DEC 2012 - F-35B test aircraft BF-3 flown by lcdr michael burks, completed the first aerial weapons release of an inert 500 pound gbu-12. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert taxis BF-18, a production-level F-35B variant of the Lightning II, after arrival Nov. 8. BF-18 temporarily adds to the complement of F-35B and F-35C test aircraft at the F-35 Integrated Test Facility before heading to its ultimate destination of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
Third Marine Aircraft Wing's first F-35B taxis in Fri., Nov. 16, 2012 at approximately 1 p.m. on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma flightline. Piloted by F-35 pilot instructor Maj. A. C. Liberman, today's arrival highlights next week's official re-designation of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121, an F/A-18 Hornet Squadron, as the world's first operational F-35 squadron at MCAS Yuma. The F-35B accomplishes the multi-role, fifth-generation capabilities needed across the full spectrum of military operations to deter potential adversaries and protect our nation and its interests. Known as the F-35 Lightning II, the F-35B will eventually replace the Corps' aging legacy tactical fleet of AV-8B Harriers, F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowlers.(Photo by Lance Cpl. William Waterstreet) The future of fixed-wing naval aviation flies with Navy's oldest aircraft. Marine Corps Maj. C. R. Clift performs a short takeoff in an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the F-35 Integrated Test Facility while Jerry Gallagher and Lt. Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene wait in an NU-1B Otter from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School on Oct. 22 at Patuxent River, Md. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) BF-17, part of the third lot of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP 3) F-35B Lightning II aircraft, arrives at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Oct. 4.(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
An F-35B Joint Strike Fighter conducts the first aerial refueling of its kind with a KC-130J Hercules in the sky above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Alejandro Aguilera) Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert flies F-35B aircraft BF-3 with inert AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles Sept. 19 over the Atlantic Test Ranges. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) An Airman gives the go-ahead for take-off to the pilot of an F-35B at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. (Photo by Cpl. Chelsea Anderson)
The F-35B, a single-seat aircraft capable of stealthy operations, equipped with an enhanced computer technology system, and capable of performing short takeoff and vertical-landing capabilities while maintaining the conventional operations of other airplanes, awaits a flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. (Photo by Cpl. Chelsea Anderson) Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Canin flies BF-2 during air start testing Aug. 8. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) BF-2 and BF-4 fly in formation over the Atlantic Test Range Aug. 22, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
The first British F-35B Lightning II arrives at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., from Naval Air Station Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, on July 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov) BF-2 taxis in after arriving at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., July 23, 2012 in order to begin airstart testing at the 461st Flight Test Squadron. (Photo by Andy Wolfe/Lockheed Martin) F-35B test aircraft BF-3, flown by Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin, completed the first aerial weapons release Aug. 8, for any variant of the aircraft. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
The F-35B test aircraft BF-5 returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on June 26 after a planned modification period in Forth Worth, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) The first British F-35B Lightning II arrives at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., from Naval Air Station Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, on July 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov) The first British F-35B Lightning II arrives at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., from Naval Air Station Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, on July 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov)
200th Flight for the First F-35B. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) On June 14, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 completed the first test flight for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant with an asymmetric weapons load. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) Marine test pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk begins his last scheduled F-35 test flight June 26 in Bf-4 at Patuxent River, Md.
An F-35B Lightning II made its first flight at Eglin Air Force Base today, two months after 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing officially introduced the Marine Corps' fifth generation fighter to the world at the 33rd Fighter Wing.(U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov) An F-35B Lightning II made its first flight at Eglin Air Force Base today, two months after 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing officially introduced the Marine Corps' fifth generation fighter to the world at the 33rd Fighter Wing.(U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov) U.S. Marine Col. Art Tomassetti in the cockpit of F-35B test aircraft BF-1 April 2, 2012, before his first flight in an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. On April 3, Tomassetti became the first pilot to fly all three variants of the X-35 and the F-35.
Two F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) production aircraft were ferried to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., today, marking the 24th and 25th F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense.(Lockheed Martin Photo by Fred Clingerman) Two F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) production aircraft were ferried to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., today, marking the 24th and 25th F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense. The twelfth F-35 Lightning II destined for the training fleet at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was ferried today. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk piloted the aircraft, known as BF-11, which departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas at 10:02 a.m. CDT for an approximate 90-minute flight to Florida’s Emerald Coast.(Lockheed Martin photo by Angel DelCueto)
Time lapse images show an inert, instrumented GBU-32 GPS-guided bomb falling from F-35B test aircraft BF-3 into a test pit March 13. The F-35 integrated test team at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., is executing the weapons testing schedule for the Joint Strike Fighter this year, leading up to in-flight separation testing. The F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps is capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The F-35B is undergoing test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet. Maintainers with the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-501 watch as the F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter performs an engine run May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.(Photo credit U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.) U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Matthew Kelly flies F-35B test aircraft BF-3 in an Atlantic test range May 3. The 200th test flight for BF-3 measured stresses on the aircraft during supersonic maneuvers.(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
Marine Corps Maj. Aric Liberman, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501 operations officer at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., uses the first engine run at Eglin of the F-35B as a training opportunity March 14. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin) BK-1, the United Kingdom’s first 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. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Tom Harvey and David Drais) BK-1, the United Kingdom’s first 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. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Tom Harvey and David Drais)
Marine Corps Maj. Aric Liberman, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501 operations officer at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., uses the first engine run at Eglin of the F-35B as a training opportunity March 14. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin) Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft Bf-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22 (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) Marine Corps Maj. Aric Liberman, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501 operations officer at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., uses the first engine run at Eglin of the F-35B as a training opportunity March 14. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin)
LHD Det on the USS WASP. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Michael Jackson LHD Det on the USS WASP. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Michael Jackson Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
LHD Det on the USS WASP. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Michael Jackson LHD Det on the USS WASP. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Michael Jackson LHD Det on the USS WASP. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Michael Jackson
First Production Model F-35B Makes First Flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin BF-04 (front), a Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lighting II test plane maneuvers after a vertical landing as a second test plane BF-02 (back), approaches the flight deck for landing on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during sea trials. Photo credit: U.S. Navy An Aviation Boatswains Mate maneuvers BF-04 (front), a Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lighting II test plane after a vertical landing, as a second test plane BF-02 (back), approaches the flight deck for landing on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during sea trials. Photo credit: U.S. Navy
An Aviation Boatswains Mate maneuvers BF-04 (front), a Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lighting II test plane after a vertical landing, as a second test plane BF-02 (back), approaches the flight deck for landing on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during sea trials. Photo credit: U.S. Navy BF-04 (front), a Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Lighting II test plane maneuvers after a vertical landing as a second test plane BF-02 (back), approaches the flight deck for landing on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during sea trials. Photo credit: U.S. Navy The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
NERF Testing for F-35B. Photo credit: U.S. Navy BF-4 practices short take-offs. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-5 arrives at Patuxent River NAS on Saturday, July 16, 2011. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Liz Kaszynski.
BF-4 practices full power (after burner) take offs. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 practices full power (after burner) take offs. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. U.S. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Fred “Tinman” Schenk lands F-35B test aircraft BF-4 on its first vertical landing April 27, 2011. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-3 practices Short Take-offs.  Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35 integrated test force personnel use weights to simulate shipboard padeyes during an evaluation of chain down procedures on F-35B test aircraft BF-1.  Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 does a short take-off on April 14, 2011, flight 116 with LtCol Schenk as pilot.  Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Phaedra Loftis.
BF-1 flight 117 with LtCol Schenk as pilot flying in mode 4. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Phaedra Loftis. BF-3 taking off in afterburner with Mr. Dan Canin as pilot, flight 99 on April 20, 2011.  Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Phaedra Loftis. BF-3 flying in its first mode 4 flight on April 25, 2011 with Mr. Dave Nelson as pilot. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Phaedra Loftis.
BF-1 practices a vertical landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe. BF-1 practices short take offs.  Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe. BF-4 test landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe.
BF-4 flies in Mode 4 for the first time. Photo credit: Lockgeed Martin photographer Liz Kaszynski. BF-4 flies in Mode 4 for the first time. Photo credit: Lockgeed Martin photographer Liz Kaszynski. BF-2 and BF-3 fly in formation. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-2 and BF-3 fly in formation. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 and BF-3 fly in formation. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 and BF-3 fly in formation. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
Short Take-off of BF-1 on its 100th flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Michael Jackson. BF-1 flying with doors open during its 100th flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Andy Wolfe. Vertical landing of BF-1 signifiying the completion of its 100th flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer, Michael Jackson.
BF-2 flying in STOVL mode on its 100th flight. This flight also marked the first time that BF-2 has flown 12 times in 1 month. The Flight consisted of 3 STOs, 2 slow landings and 1 vertical landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin Photographer Michael Jackson. BF-2 flying in STOVL mode over the F-35 Integrated Test Force hangars at NAS Patuxent River during its 100th flight. This flight also marked the first time that BF-2 has flown 12 times in 1 month. The Flight consisted of 3 STOs, 2 slow landings and 1 vertical landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin Photographer Michael Jackson. BF-2 flying in STOVL mode on its 100th flight. This flight also marked the first time that BF-2 has flown 12 times in 1 month. The Flight consisted of 3 STOs, 2 slow landings and 1 vertical landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin Photographer Michael Jackson.
Second F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing, BF-2, descends to its first vertical landing on Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. U.S. Marine Corps LtCol Fred Schenk piloted the aircraft during flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Second F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing, BF-2, descends to its first vertical landing on Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. U.S. Marine Corps LtCol Fred Schenk piloted the aircraft during flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 performing a Short Take-Off (STO) on its 100th flight. This flight also marked the first time that BF-2 has flown 12 times in 1 month. The Flight consisted of 3 STOs, 2 slow landings and 1 vertical landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin Photographer Andy Wolfe.
BF-1 First Hover Test. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 First Hover Test. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 First Hover Test. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 First Hover Test. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 First Hover Test. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 First Hover Test. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-3 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-3 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-3 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-3 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-2 Flight Flight Test Ops at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
17 FEB, BF-1 Flight #33 130KCAS Slow Landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. 17 FEB, BF-1 Flight #33 130KCAS Slow Landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. 17 FEB, BF-1 Flight #33 130KCAS Slow Landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
17 FEB, BF-1 Flight #33 130KCAS Slow Landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. 17 FEB, BF-1 Flight #33 130KCAS Slow Landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. 17 FEB, BF-1 Flight #33 130KCAS Slow Landing. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 during Flight #30 over PAX River, MD. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 during Flight #30 over PAX River, MD. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 during Flight #30 over PAX River, MD. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 during Flight #30 over PAX River, MD. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 during Flight #30 over PAX River, MD. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Early morning in Ft. Worth prior to BF-1s flight to Marietta, GA. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
Early morning in Ft. Worth prior to BF-1s flight to Marietta, GA. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Early morning in Ft. Worth prior to BF-1s flight to Marietta, GA. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1s first landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 performs a flyby of Naval Air Station Patuxent River upon its arrival. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 departs Ft. Worth on its flight to Marietta, GA and then on to Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 is checked prior to launching on its ferry flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 is lowered into place over the hover pit at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 is lowered into place over the hover pit at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 taxis out of the run station for its ferry flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 is lowered into place over the hover pit at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 is lowered into place over the hover pit at the Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. First flight of STOVL production model BF-1. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B 14th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 14th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 14th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B 14th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 13th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 13th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B 13th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 13th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 13th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B 13th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 13th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 sits on the flight line at the end of its 12th test flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
View from the cockpit of the chase plane as the BF-1 taxis at the end of its 12th test flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. View from the cockpit of the chase plane as the BF-1 taxis at the end of its 12th test flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B 12th flight over Fort Worth, Texas. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B with lift fan door open. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B with lift fan door open. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B with lift fan door open. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B with lift fan door open. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. The first F-35B flies wheels up over Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
The first F-35B flies wheels up over Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. The F-35B at a stand still following first flight over Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. First ever F-35B pilot, Graham Tomlinson taxis off the runway following touch down of the STOVL's maiden flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B touches down following its maiden voyage. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B during maiden flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B during maiden flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B takes to the air for the first time on June 11, 2008. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B takes to the air for the first time on June 11, 2008. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35B taxis to take-off on its maiden voyage, June 11, 2008. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
F-35B takes to the air for the first time on June 11, 2008. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Powers Up F-35 Stovl Engine in Preparation for First Flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Powers Up F-35 Stovl Engine in Preparation for First Flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin Powers Up F-35 Stovl Engine in Preparation for First Flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Powers Up F-35 Stovl Engine in Preparation for First Flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Powers Up F-35 Stovl Engine in Preparation for First Flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.
BF-1 in fuel barn at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. BF-1 in fuel barn at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Powers Up F-35 Stovl Engine in Preparation for First Flight. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin.



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