VIDEO & PICTURES: F-35′s 1st airshow fly-over

cf2 edwards 22 may 2011 3 credit navy 560.jpgPhoto courtesy of US Navy

Lt Cdr Eric “Magic” Buus on 20 May recorded the first official F-35 airshow fly-over, banking the Patuxent River-based CF-2 test aircraft slightly toward the crowd at Andrews AFB, Maryland.

It’s technically not the first time an F-35 has flown above an airshow crowd. Last year, F-35 flight test aircraft inadvertently made several fly-overs of the Fort Worth air show, which shared the runway with Lockheed’s F-35 check-out operations. occurred

By the looks of the fly-over, F-35 programme officials spared few, if any, precious minutes of test time preparing for the aircraft’s debut flying display. Considering the programme still has at least seven years of flight test ahead, it’s hard to be critical about the absence of any crowd-pleasing manoeuvres.

It was only a month ago this blog speculated the F-35′s first appearance at a major show could come at Dubai in November, or perhaps Farnborough next year. It’s probably too much to hope for a proper introductory flying display, but here’s hoping!


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13 Responses to VIDEO & PICTURES: F-35′s 1st airshow fly-over

  1. aeroxavier 23 May, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    no one time you can see one f-35 fly alone in the air, why? like the f-22 (every in the ground, all radar off), nobody need see one signal in the screen, with another plane, that was sure…

  2. Andrew 23 May, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    …or…the F/A-18 is a test chase plane and the pair were returning from a test mission.

  3. sferrin 24 May, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Ha, ha! Did anybody else notice it’s framed by the U-2 (LM) and C-5 (LM) whilst blotting out Boeing’s C-17. Good planning to get that on the first shot. ;-)

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