F-35 First Flights

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post14 Mar 2014, 13:08

Great thread and very useful. I've updated the F-35 database over the last month. Any further updates are welcome and can be more than just first flights. Thanks!

F-35 serial database:
http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-35/serials-and-inventory
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Unread post06 Apr 2014, 19:45

I don't why but Code One hasn't posted any NEW first flights since CF-11. -SP
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Unread post13 Apr 2014, 03:38

f22enthusiast wrote:I don't why but Code One hasn't posted any NEW first flights since CF-11. -SP


Was just going to post how haven't had any updates lately. If Code One isn't going to post them, I'll see if I can find someone there that can at least keep me updated. I will then update here.
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Unread post08 Aug 2014, 04:35

AF-46 (11-5035) first fligh was June 3, 2014.

Any one know the pilot? Any other first flights?
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Unread post22 Jan 2015, 14:14

First First Flight For 2015
20 Jan 2015 CODE ONE

"Lockheed Martin chief F-35 test pilot Al Norman was at the controls of F-35A (US Air Force serial number 12-5053) for its first flight on 20 January 2015. This was the first maiden flight of an F-35 for 2015. The aircraft is painted as the flagship for the 57th Fighter Wing at Nellis AFB, Nevada, where it will be delivered later this year. Photo by Carl Richards"

http://www.codeonemagazine.com/images/n ... 4_1709.jpg

Source: http://www.codeonemagazine.com/f35_news ... em_id=1385
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Unread post22 Jan 2015, 14:37

Been a while since we've had a first flight update, thanks!
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Unread post22 Jan 2015, 17:10

[quote="spazsinbad..serial number 12-5053)..][/quote]

AF-65 (according to the DB) ...wow, didn't realize that many "As" had flown todate, and soon the rate will pickup even faster! Squadrons should be popping up, around all over. :)
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Unread post22 Jan 2015, 17:50

Part of the DB is off a little bit it should be like this

AF-61 5050
AF62 -5051
AF-63-5052 (note has not flown yet )
AF-64 - 5053


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Unread post20 May 2015, 03:18

Any updates on first flights?

169034 first flight on April 6, 2015 according Scramble.
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Unread post30 Oct 2015, 03:54

Thanks to Keith Snyder's photos, here we have 13-5077 on first flight on October 29, 2015:

USAF F-35A #13-5077 is to be delivered to the 34th FS at Hill AFB seen here launching on its first flight from NAS Fort Worth on October 29th, 2015. [Photo by Keith Snyder]
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Unread post13 Mar 2016, 21:40

LM Weekly Update
11 Feb 2016 Jeff Babione

"...First LRIP 8
A sign of this is AF-90, the first LRIP 8 aircraft, flew both of its company flights last week. This marks the beginning of LRIP 8 flights and signifies the near-term completion of LRIP 7. This year, LRIP 8 accounts for nearly 30 deliveries to the U.S. and more than 15 for international customers...."

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Unread post11 Oct 2016, 22:16

LATEST UK F-35Bs TAKE FLIGHT
Nov 2016 Carl Richards, Combat Aircraft Monthly

"Lockheed Martin has flown the UK’s sixth and seventh F-35Bs. BK‑06, serial ZM140, made its first flight from Fort Worth on August 23, followed by BK-07, ZM141, on September 22."

Source: Combat Aircraft Monthly November 2016 Volume 17 Number 11
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Unread post20 Apr 2017, 11:25

AirForces Monthly Magazine May 2017 No.350 has this info:
"The latest Lightning II for the United Kingdom, F-35B BK-09 [ZM143] completed its first flight from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility on March 3. Photo: Carl Richards"
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Unread post20 Apr 2017, 15:27

Tomorrow gonna be a delivery day, three F-35i's will leave Texas on the way to Nevatim AFB in southern Israel.
Arrival scheduled to Sunday (April 23th) afternoon Local time.
The birds are AS-3,AS-4,AS-5 (local serials 903,904,905)
Bon Voyage
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Unread post17 Jun 2017, 08:42

"...15-5126/‘HL’ (AF-117), which made its first flight at Fort Worth on 04 May 2017"
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