First F-35 Night Flt completed

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post19 Jan 2012, 20:20


The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed January 18th, 2012 at Edwards AFB. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-06, an F-35A CTOL variant, launched at 17.05h PST and landed after sunset at 18.22h. [Lockheed Martin photo by Tom Reynolds]


The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed January 18th, 2012 at Edwards AFB. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-06, an F-35A CTOL variant, launched at 17.05h PST and landed after sunset at 18.22h. [Lockheed Martin photo by Tom Reynolds]


The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed January 18th, 2012 at Edwards AFB. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-06, an F-35A CTOL variant, launched at 17.05h PST and landed after sunset at 18.22h. [Lockheed Martin photo]
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Unread post19 Jan 2012, 20:49

I've never followed another program to watch it develop as the JSF does. So many things we take for granted when we always trained and flew "used" aircraft. :D
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 01:11

Question, are the reflective strips just for the test aircraft or are they going to be on the production aircraft as well?
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 01:29

'Slime Lights' are for night formation so I guess they are stealthy slime also. GhostBusters! :D Slime 'Em!
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 02:05

How do Slime Lights work?
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 02:45

Some Slimey Photos here:
http://www.f-16.net/index.php?name=PNph ... ime#206709

My Fave: http://www.defenselink.mil/dodcmsshare/ ... M-009b.jpg

As youse can see the AFTERburners Power the Slimers (just kiddin'). :D These were not around in my day. One reduced the exterior lighting to 'nite' and got on with it - and turned off the anti collision light also. But I guess the airframe colour scheme was usually white which helped in dim lighting or cloud.

Apparently 'slime lights' are better for NVD and lights are 'electroluminescent'.
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 09:16

Thanks, so is all that stuff in the graphic above made by Goodrich?
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 10:22

They make all that stuff but I am not sure if they provide it for the F-35.
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 10:31

Double Post!
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 17:09

I wonder what "Reconnaissance Systems" refers to in the Goodrich graphic?
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 22:57

Pretty awesome pics at dusk.

Re: 'what Reconnaissance Systems refers to in the graphic'... My guess would be some eventual derivative of the DB-110 large-aperture pod currently equipped on the F-16 and F-15, which would probably protrude from the belly of the weapon bay somehow?
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Unread post20 Jan 2012, 23:17

Or mounted on the center pylon
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Unread post25 Jan 2012, 00:12

h/t to that SNAFUman: (solomon)

F-35 Performs First Night Flight

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"Uploaded by LockheedMartinVideos on Jan 24, 2012
The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed on Jan. 19, 2012 in the skies above Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, launched at 5:05 p.m. PST and landed after sunset at 6:22 p.m."
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Unread post25 Jan 2012, 23:56

It seems like AF-06 now wears the ED tailcode. It also says 461 FLTS.
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