F-35 first flight

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

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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 18:11

will it fly today or not?
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 18:17

Fog has lifted but now the FAA has to clear the commericial backlog. Looks like after noon CST.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 19:05

Pilot is in the cockpit going over the checklist. Ladder has been moved away. It will happen within the hour.
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 19:13

Canopy is closed
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 19:15

Engine on
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 19:48

Up, up and Away!


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The first F-35 Lightning II flew for the first time on Friday, Dec. 15. The plane is shown climbing out shortly after takeoff from Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. [LMTAS Photo by Tom Harvey]

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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 19:49

She's up at 12:44 CST!! Yay!
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 19:53

It's up and beautiful. I will be posting pics in just a second at: http://www.accuconference.com/f35.html
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 20:02

She had a hell of a roar to her when she took off. It was awesome baby!
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 20:18

dmackenzie1,

You have an awesome photo perch!!

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Joe Sambor
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 20:21

Whoot!! Nice Job Fellows :cheers:
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 20:23

She has landed, after only 35 minutes! Jon ran the test cards quickly...and I bet there are a lot of people at Lockheed who are breathing a lot easier now!!
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 20:29

So it was complete not cut short? That's a relief...
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 21:07

First flight / soaking is complete!! whohaa!!! Bloody Marvelous!!! :notworthy:
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Unread post15 Dec 2006, 21:18

Smithsguy wrote:So it was complete not cut short? That's a relief...


The press is already spinning it as a failure, saying that the jet landed "early," 35-min. into a planned hour-long flight, with LM not providing any explanations for the change in plans.
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