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Photos > SDD > C-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 C-Variant (CV) can be seen below.

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Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Tabert, F-35C instructor pilot, flies in formation with an F-18 Hornet prior to landing June 22 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin to the squadron's home here. VFA 101 will serve as the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the F-35C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov) The second U.S. Navy F-35 C variant arrives at Eglin AFB for training of future U.S. Navy pilots . The 33rd Fighter Wing is a joint graduate flying and maintenance training wing that trains Air Force, Marine, Navy and international partner operators and maintainers of the F-35 Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Karen Roganov)  
CF-1 and CF-2 air refueling from a VX-20 KC-130. This was the first time two F-35Cs refueled at the same time. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe) F-35C piloted by Maj C.R. Clift flies CF-5 on January 23, 2013. Night vision photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Tabert, F-35C Lightning II instructor pilot, U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-101 prepares to exit the cockpit after landing at Eglin Air Force Base's 33rd Fighter Wing June 22. The pilot delivered the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin to the U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 home co-located with the 33rd FW. The unit serves as the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, training F-35C aircrew and maintenance personnel alongside Air Force, Marine and coalition partners in the joint strike fighter program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Karen Roganov)
Time lapse photograph of F-35C test drop of 2,000 pund bomb. Image Courtesy of U.S. Navy. Aircraft CF-5, flown by Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks, takes off from the F-35 Lightning II manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 11. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) CF-1 and CF-2 air refueling from a VX-20 KC-130. This was the first time two F-35Cs refueled at the same time. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe)
Time lapse photograph of F-35C test drop of 2,000 pund bomb. Image Courtesy of U.S. Navy. Time lapse photograph of F-35C test drop of 2,000 pund bomb. Image Courtesy of U.S. Navy. F-35 test pilots Navy Lt Cmdr Michael Burks and Peter Kosogorin of BAE fly CF-1 and CF-2 during a formation flying qualities test Sept. 5 in the Atlantic Test Ranges. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time with external weapons June 27. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time with external weapons June 27. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin. 13 June 2012, First Night Flight of the F-35C. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
Cmdr. Eric Buus brings F-35C Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft CF-3 in for a landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., May 29. The flight was the 300th flight for the F-35’s carrier variants and evaluated improvements in flight control laws for carrier approaches.(Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) On February 21, 2012 Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the United Kingdom’s first military test pilot to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. On February 21, 2012 Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the United Kingdom’s first military test pilot to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.
On February 21, 2012 Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the United Kingdom’s first military test pilot to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. On Nov. 18, Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert takes off in F-35C test aircraft CF-3, the first launch of the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter from the Navy's new electromagnetic aircraft launch system, set to install on future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert flies F-35C test aircraft CF-3 off the TC-7 steam catapult at NAS Patuxent River Nov. 4. Photo credit: U.S. Navy
Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert flies F-35C test aircraft CF-3 off the TC-7 steam catapult at NAS Patuxent River Nov. 4. Photo credit: Andy Wolfe, Lockheed Martin Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert flies F-35C test aircraft CF-3 off the TC-7 steam catapult at NAS Patuxent River Nov. 4. Photo credit: Andy Wolfe, Lockheed Martin Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert flies F-35C test aircraft CF-3 off the TC-7 steam catapult at NAS Patuxent River Nov. 4. Photo credit: Andy Wolfe, Lockheed Martin
27 July 2011, first F-35C catapult launch. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin 27 July 2011, first F-35C catapult launch. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin F-35C test aircraft CF-1 with an F/A-18E prepares for two-aircraft jet blast deflector (JBD) testing August 13th, 2011. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
Jet blast deflector testing begins. Flown by test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Eric "Magic" Buus. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin. F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft CF-2 is performing Jet Blast Deflector (JBD) tests at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe. Navy test pilot Cmdr. Eric “Magic” Buus brings F-35C test aircraft CF-3 into launch position on a test catapult July 19. Photo credit: Lockheed Martin
CF-03 ferry flight photo. Flight #05, Test Pilot was Dan “Dog” Canin, chase team was Chris “Carbomb” Tabert. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. F-35C test aircraft CF-3 flies over its new home at Naval Air Station Patuxent River during its ferry flight from Fort Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. A KC-130F tanker from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 welcomes F-35C test aircraft CF-3 during its ferry flight from Fort Worth, Texas. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
CF-03 ferry flight photo. Flight #05, Test Pilot was Dan “Dog” Canin, chase team was Chris “Carbomb” Tabert. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin photographer David Drais. CF-03 ferry flight photo. Flight #05, Test Pilot was Dan “Dog” Canin, chase team was Chris “Carbomb” Tabert. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin photographer David Drais. U.S. Air Force prepares for F-35A training on F-35B and F-35C. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
CF-2 arrives at NAS Patuxent River for testing.  Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. CF-2 arrives at NAS Patuxent River. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin photographer David Drais. CF-1 practices full power (after burner) conventional take off. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
CF-1 test landing. Image courtesy of Andy Wolfe of Lockheed Martin. CF-1 test landing. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. CF-1 hooked to test catapult for the first time. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
CF-1 hooked to test catapult for the first time. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The first F-35C, known as CF-01, arrives at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland after a non-stop flight from NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas on 06 November 2010. Lockheed Martin test pilot David “Doc” Nelson flew CF-01 on the 3.1 hour ferry flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The first F-35C, known as CF-01, arrives at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland after a non-stop flight from NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas on 06 November 2010. Lockheed Martin test pilot David “Doc” Nelson flew CF-01 on the 3.1 hour ferry flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The first F-35C, known as CF-01, arrives at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland after a non-stop flight from NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas on 06 November 2010. Lockheed Martin test pilot David “Doc” Nelson flew CF-01 on the 3.1 hour ferry flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The first F-35C, known as CF-01, arrives at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland after a non-stop flight from NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas on 06 November 2010. Lockheed Martin test pilot David “Doc” Nelson flew CF-01 on the 3.1 hour ferry flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. CF-1 flies with newly painted body. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
CF-1 First Flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. CF-1 First Flight. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. CF-1 flies with newly painted body. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin debuts the F-35C for the first time on July, 28, 2009. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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