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Coming from America: F-35s to visit UK

So, it’s official: the F-35 will be making its debut international show appearances in the UK this summer. We had been hearing rumours about this for quite a while from industry, but I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen, due to the tough schedule with getting the short take-off and vertical landing “B” up […]

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Lockheed Martin F-35C video

Lockheed Martin released this video extolling the virtues of the F-35C, which recently started operations at Eglin AFB, Florida, with the VFA-101 Grim Reapers squadron. Immediately noticeable are the naval variant’s larger wings—which also fold–its larger control surfaces and beefed up landing gear. However, while those large wings and control surfaces afford it better low-speed […]

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Crew Interviews from F-35B Ship Trials

Another Lockheed Martin F-35B video based on the second set of sea-trials on the USS Wasp. It’s been a very busy week, DEW Line will return to a more normal tempo [youtube]http://youtu.be/29-l73Im8rA[/youtube]

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UK pilots’ take on F-35B sea-trials onboard USS Wasp

Lockheed Martin released this video earlier today about the F-35B’s recent sea-trials onboard the USS Wasp. “Just flying F-35 is the highlight of my career, so being able to come to the USS Wasp and fly F-35 from an LHD class Marine ship is staggering,” says Royal Air Force Sqdn Ldr Jim Schofield. “I’m very […]

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F-35B sea-trials aboard the USS Wasp

This past Wednesday, I was onboard the USS Wasp to observe the Lockheed Martin F-35B conduct its second set of sea trials. Overall, the tests are going quite well and should be ending today—though the US Marine Corps did suffer a bit of a setback since aircraft BF-1 was unable to fly during our visit […]

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CF-01 | Flt 217 | LtCol Patrick "Oxy" Moran | 20AUG2013Oxy piloting CF-01 during the first C Model KC135 strat tanker test over the Eastern Shore of MD.

F-35C refuels from KC-135

On 20 August a Lockheed Martin F-35C carrier model aircraft refueled from a US Air Force KC-135 for the first time. The jet, CF-1, was flown by Lt Col Patrick Moran.  Meanwhile at Eglin AFB, Florida, the US Navy recently started operating the F-35C with VFA-101, which is the service’s training squadron for the type.

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F-35B twilight operations aboard USS Wasp

Lockheed Martin released this video last night of the F-35B conducting flight operations at dusk onboard the USS Wasp. The jet is currently undergoing its second set of sea trials onboard the amphibious assault ship somewhere off the Virginia coast. [youtube]http://youtu.be/8K50UVd-cdo[/youtube]

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F-35B phase II testing aboard USS Wasp

VIDEO: F-35B night vertical landing onboard USS Wasp

Earlier I posted a blurb about the Lockheed Martin F-35B’s first night vertical landing onboard the USS Wasp. Anyways, at long last, here is a video of the same event. Anyways, the DEW Line has been quiet lately. We’ve had a number of folks including myself covering things like AUVSI or the EAA air show […]

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F-35B phase II testing aboard USS Wasp

F-35B makes night vertical landing on-board USS Wasp

A spectacular shot of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter as it lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during the jet’s second set of sea trials for the type. This photo was taken on August 14 by Lockheed Martin photographer Andy Wolfe (excellent work!). The F-35B sea-trials will run 18 […]

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An Italian view on the F-35

In the middle of last month, Italy opened its final assembly and check-out (FACO) line for the F-35, amid a backdrop of rising political disquiet about the nation’s commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter programme. If you missed it at the time, please see Luca Peruzzi’s article on the topic, which also details Rome’s expected €14.3 […]

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