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Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Achieves Overall 2010 Flight
Lockheed Martin announced on December 15 that the F-35 Lightning II
program team reached its 2010 goal of 394 test flights jointly established
by the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office and Lockheed Martin. Since
the first flight of the F-35 on Dec.15, 2006, the program has logged a total
of 531 flights, expanding the performance envelope of the three F-35
variants and testing the mission systems.
“We exceeded our 394-flight goal and expect to meet our overall test-
point goal this year by reaching ahead and working 2011 test points,”
said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin vice president of F-35 Test and
Verification. “While we are still behind on our overall STOVL variant
testing, we are working through a plan to get us back on track.”
In November, the program completed 60 flights against a plan of 51.
Both the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) and the F-35A
conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variants exceeded their monthly
flight targets. The F-35C carrier variant (CV ) jet fell just two flights short
of its plan.
The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced
stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information,
network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed
Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners,
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. APDR
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