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F-35 Lightning II News

First JSF for The Netherlands rolls out of Fort Worth

April 4, 2012 (by Jason Hodgkiss) - The first F-35 Lightning II for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) rolled out of the F-35 production facility on April 1. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this year.

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The first F-35 Lightning II for The Netherlands (AN-01) rolled out of the F-35 production facility on April 1st, 2012. The Netherlands will use the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jet, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. [Lockheed Martin photo]

The Netherlands will use the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) A model jet, known as AN-1, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-1 will undergo the standard functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in the coming weeks.

The RNlAF continues to be at the forefront of flight testing and pilot training and remains at the leading edge of advanced 5th Generation fighter technology. Most of the 85 aircraft to be produced will be manufacture in part by Stork Aerospace, now called Fokker Aerospace Group.