F-35C team honored with Flight Test Team of the Year award

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Unread post18 Nov 2017, 03:14

F-35C team honored with Flight Test Team of the Year award
16 Nov 2017 Jake Kiehlmeier MQ-4C Triton Flight Test Engineer

"PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR BASE, Maryland -- A group of engineers from the F-35 Integrated Test Team at NAS Patuxent River descended into the heart of U.S. Air Force territory to accept the James S. McDonnell Award for Flight Test Team of the Year on behalf of the F-35C DT-III Shipboard Detachment Team at the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) Annual International Symposium in Destin, Florida, Nov. 2.

Held within shouting distance of Eglin Air Force Base, and with a majority of the symposium attendees representing the Air Force, the Pax River team received glass tokens denoting their status as award recipients. Their flight test team was also added to the main award.

Consisting of a mixture of government civilian, military and contractor personnel, the F-35C DT-III team worked in concert to execute efficient and effective flight test aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73). They worked closely with CVN-73, Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF), and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 to ensure the requirements of all parties were met safely and timely.

In addition to the considerable coordination, the test team executed edge-of-the-envelope and high risk test points; and despite these challenges, they achieved the highest execution rate ever witnessed on the program — accomplishing over 40 flights, with just two aircraft, in less than two weeks.

The event was the culmination of five years of shore-based and shipboard testing to provide a full launch and recovery envelope and also served as the final shipboard evaluation period prior to declaration of Initial Operational Capability for the F-35C...."

Source: http://www.jsf.mil/news/docs/20171116_F ... onored.pdf (240Kb)
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