F-35 latest: refuelling tests, complete with external weapons

The Lockheed Martin F-35A on April 21, completed the programme’s first in-flight refueling mission while configured with external weapons at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Test aircraft AF-4 was fitted with two external inert AIM-9X weapons and four external stores. Internally, the jet was carrying two Joint Direct Attack Munitions and two Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles.  The two-hour mission tested the flying qualities of the aircraft while maneuvering with external weapons. This test paves the way for weapons separation testing later this year.

f-35 weapons refuel.jpgCredit: Lockheed Martin

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