'Workhorse' becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post18 Jun 2014, 22:11

'Workhorse' becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours
18 Jun 2014 Kenji Thuloweit, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

"EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours....

.."AF-2 is the 'Pull G's jet.' It was the first aircraft to hit plus-nine-G and negative-three-G and to roll at design-load factor. In addition, AF-2 is the first F-35A to intentionally fly in significant airframe buffet at all angles of attack," said Thompson....

...Thompson said AF-2 has specific instrumentation and was calibrated for in-flight loads measurements prior to ferrying to Edwards. In addition, it is instrumented to execute airframe buffet testing; landing, braking and arresting hook testing; and ground and in-flight gun testing....

..."The entire F-35 Edwards ITF team and the 412th TW are pressing hard to complete testing required for the 2B fleet release (Marine Corp IOC mission systems software release and AF IOC maneuvering envelope release). As aircraft compete their slated 2B testing, the team moves ahead with testing required for the final SDD clearances. Post 2B testing milestones include putting the final SDD talons on the Lightning II with the first flight of the Small Diameter Bomb, first gun fire and continued external GBU-12 envelope expansion, as well as beginning to test the final SDD mission systems suite," concluded Thompson...."

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AF-2 and AF-1 arrived at Edwards AFB May 17, 2010. (Courtesy photo by Lockheed Martin)


Photo: http://www.edwards.af.mil/shared/media/ ... 0U-007.jpg

Source: http://www.edwards.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123414865
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Unread post16 Aug 2014, 12:46

It would be interesting to know if AF-2 exhibited an signs of excessive blade rubbing... it may inform on the possibility of high G maneuvers as a factor in the recent fire.
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Unread post18 Aug 2014, 05:55

popcorn wrote:It would be interesting to know if AF-2 exhibited an signs of excessive blade rubbing... it may inform on the possibility of high G maneuvers as a factor in the recent fire.


Isn't AF-02 still being maintained by LM?,
and since it is the "pull Gs" jet it could have more stringent maintencance proceedures than other aircraft.

Anyway, saw the video,
0:16, 0:26 and 0:36 were crazy.
Can somebody tell if these were fast forwarded or something :drool:
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Unread post18 Aug 2014, 08:03

Looked like ordinary time to me.
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