F-35 first flight

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post13 Dec 2006, 17:03

I'm hearing that first flight will be Thursday, weather permitting. As the previous link indicated, 110kt taxi tests are complete. The flight crew is supposed to be getting the day off to prepare for first flight, but general feeling is that they are superstitious about flying on the 13th. Lockheed will announce internally one hour before flight for people to come out and watch. There will also be an internal live feed as well as streaming video for subscribers on teamjsf.com.

As a correction to a previous post, the first STOVL aircraft is 2BF:001, not AB-1
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Unread post13 Dec 2006, 17:47

New guy here...
Just wanted to share in the excitment!

Just heard that tomorrow may be the day! WOOT

Here's a couple of shots from high speed taxi day...


The F-35 Lightning II during high speed taxi tests on Dec 12th [Photo by Zane Adams]



The F-35 Lightning II during high speed taxi tests on Dec 12th [Photo by Zane Adams]
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Unread post13 Dec 2006, 18:56

The Lightning II completes all ground taxi tests and gets ready for first flight.
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Unread post13 Dec 2006, 20:44

A "reliable source" is telling me 0900 CST 14 DEC 06

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Unread post13 Dec 2006, 21:02

Televised perhaps? Fox News may carry it. Seems like the carried the A380 first flight.
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Unread post13 Dec 2006, 21:34

LinkF16SimDude wrote:Televised perhaps? Fox News may carry it. Seems like the carried the A380 first flight.


I doubt it, Lockheed's own press release said the media would be notified upon conclusion of the flight.

It will be on the Lockheed INTRANET and the TEAMJSF site......unfortunately, I don't work for the JSF supplier that I could have watched it with.

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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 14:25

TJSmitty wrote:A "reliable source" is telling me 0900 CST 14 DEC 06

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I heard the same, pending weather, wind etc.

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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 14:30

My sources say it may be more likelly to fly on Friday.

They may have to do another high speed taxi to verify a fix to a problem on the previous hs taxi...

Hurry up an wait... :shrug:
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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 14:42

Like the pictures you took Ztex, especially like the bottom one as I like that angle. Take some more!

Friday now? Argh! :(
I'm watching...
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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 16:16

Thanks.

I just heard there will be no flight today...:(
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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 20:53

I have to say it is very cool to be able to sit in my living room in Belgium and see AA-1 sitting in the run station. Let's hear it for broadband!

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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 21:07

Ummm, somebody is getting strapped into the cockpit, and there are lots of cameras around...I am waiting on engine start!! Hope this isn't just a test!
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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 22:37

Another high speed taxi test I suppose....can you let us in on the video link or is this the JSF team link?
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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 22:49

It looks like just another taxi test. They have finished and are back in the run station. You can see the streaming video from within the LM Aero Intranet, and there is a supplier link as well, not sure what the difference is.

But hey, it's still early in the day...
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Unread post14 Dec 2006, 23:28

Not today...it'll be dark in another hour..

Fingers crossed for Friday.

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