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  • Lincoln Completes First F-35 Carrier Qualification

    U.S. Navy // December 20, 2017
    The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway Dec. 7-11.
  • U.S.Navy’s Newest Fighter Jet F-35C

    U.S.Navy’s Newest Fighter Jet F-35C

    Fox 43 // November 27, 2017
    The U.S. Navy is is looking to the F35-C to become the future of air combat aircraft to eventually replace some of the aging legacy F18's. According to pilot Captain Rick Crecelius, the F35C is a fifth generation fighter jet jam-packed with technological upgrades. "It's indescribable. The leap in capability that is made
  • First Italian-Built F-35B Makes First STOVL Flight

    First Italian-Built F-35B Makes First STOVL Flight

    Cameri Air Base, Italy // October 31, 2017
    Lockheed Martin F-35 test pilot Paul “Hat” Hattendorf, flew BL-1’s first flight on Oct. 25. On Oct.30, during the third and final acceptance flight, Hattendorf successfully operated the jet in all STOVL modes, to include hovering over the runway
  • Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

    Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan // October 27, 2017
    Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 used their KC-130J Hercules aircraft to refuel F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and F/A-18C Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251.
  • USS Carl Vinson Conducts F-35C Flight Operations

    USS Carl Vinson Conducts F-35C Flight Operations

    USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs // October 24, 2017
    An F-35C Lightning II landed on and launched from Carl Vinson during day and nighttime operations, completing another step toward becoming an operationally capable aircraft.
  • F-35B Participates in Exercise Dawn Blitz

    F-35B Participates in Exercise Dawn Blitz

    F-35B Lightning II Carrier Qualifications // October 22, 2017
    ​The F-35B is taking part in Exercise Dawn Blitz aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2) off the coast of Southern California.
  • F-35A Arrives at Eielson for Testing

    F-35A Arrives at Eielson for Testing

    Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska // October 13, 2017
    An F-35A Lightning II landed at Eielson AFB Oct 12 to participate in testing several aspects of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft