F-35 first flight

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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jacarlsen

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Unread post21 Nov 2006, 11:27

Is this aircraft gonna fly soon? Has it flown? If not, what's the holdup?
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Unread post21 Nov 2006, 18:47

Good Morning,

This article -- http://www.washtimes.com/upi/20061120-011821-9746r.htm -- suggests within three weeks.

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Unread post22 Nov 2006, 19:34

More like four.... ;)
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Unread post23 Nov 2006, 00:21

While chatting with the Lockheed dude by the F-35 mockup I was informed that the first flight would be December 11 and that it would coincide with a ceremony for signing documents :wink: ...
No plane on Sunday, maybe be one come Monday...
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Unread post23 Nov 2006, 15:49

  • Dec 05 - Low Speed Taxi Tests
  • Dec 07 - Medium Speed Taxi Tests
  • Dec 09 - High Speed Taxi Tests
  • Dec 11 - First Flight
  • Dec 13 - Second Flight

All dates subject to change... 8)
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Unread post23 Nov 2006, 16:53

It's close, stand by boys, the jets in pretty good shape right now.
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Unread post23 Nov 2006, 17:29

Happy, I've been on the road, haven't had a chance to take you up on your offer... :(
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Unread post06 Dec 2006, 01:45

Anyone know if they did the low speed taxi test and if they went well?
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Unread post06 Dec 2006, 04:19

No, bad weather last week has delayed things a bit. Nothing is firm, but it won't be before Thursday 12/07.
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Unread post06 Dec 2006, 19:36

I have put up a news article about it: <a href="news_article2080.html">First F-35 flight scheduled for next week</a>
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Unread post06 Dec 2006, 20:54

Gonna be there next week at the plant. WooHoo!
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Unread post06 Dec 2006, 21:06

Best of luck with the new bird...may she fly well
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Unread post07 Dec 2006, 02:35

Talk about alot riding on a flight! :salute:
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Unread post07 Dec 2006, 06:34

Engine run-up scheduled for Thursday afternoon 12/07, if that goes well low speed taxi tests will follow late Thursday afternoon. Barring unforeseen problems first flight should be sometime next week. :thumb:
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Unread post07 Dec 2006, 23:43

One taxi test down, two to go before first flight. :thumb:
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