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F-35C Lands at Lakehurst For Testing
Posted by Amy Butler at 6/28/2011 1:25 PM CDT
F-35 CF-2 arrived June 25 at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, NJ, to begin a series of tests in preparation for carrier trials in 2013.
During JBD testing, a Naval Air Systems Command team will assess deck heating, JBD panel cooling and vibro-acoustic, thermal and hot-gas ingestion environments, according to Navy officials.
Arrival at the center is a step toward several testing milestones through which prime contractor Lockheed Martin can earn award in 2011.
Meanwhile, a test team is conducting "maturity flights" on AF-6 and 7, two conventional F-35 variants, at Edwards AFB, Calif. These are in preparation for clearance to begin an operational utility evaluation, which will allow professional testers a hands-on look at the F-35 prior to the commencement of formal training, slated for this fall.
Source: http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/de ... d=blogDest