October 3, 2008 (by Eric L. Palmer) - The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, numbered AA-1, arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 1.
F-35A numbered AA-1, landing as it goes past the Edwards Control Tower on October 1st at 1:30 p.m. The flight marks the first time the aircraft arrived here. The F-35 will perform series of tests, including airstart and noise testing. The aircraft flew in from NAS Fort Worth, Texas. [Lockheed Martin photo by Andy Wolfe]
The F-35 will perform a series of tests, including airstart and noise testing. The aircraft flew in from Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Texas. The F-35 is a stealthy, single-engine, supersonic multi-role fighter that will replace a variety of aging fighter and strike aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied defense forces. The A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet and A/V-8 Harrier are among the jets it will replace.
Once fielded, it will complement the fleet of F-22 Raptor air-supremacy fighters that are already operational.