US Air Force - AETC F-35s

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    USAF F-35A #07-0744 on its first flight on February 25th, 2011. Pilot for the hour long sortie was Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti. [Lockheed Martin photo by David Drais]
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    The first production model of the F-35 Lightning II, AF-06, #07-0744, completed its inaugural flight on February 25th, 2011 from NAS Fort Worth with Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti at the controls. During the one-hour flight, the aircraft underwent basic flight manoeuvring and engine tests. [Lockheed Martin photo by David Drais]
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    USAF F-35A AF-6 taxis back on runway 35 for its second flight as 'Lightning II' on February 28th, 2011. [Photo by Sebastiaan Does]
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    USAF F-35A AF-6 taxis back on runway 35 with downtown Fort Worth in the background for its second flight as 'Lightning II' on February 28th, 2011. [Photo by Sebastiaan Does]
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    USAF F-35A AF-6 takes off from runway 35 for its second flight as 'Lightning II' on February 28th, 2011. [Photo by Sebastiaan Does]
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    USAF F-35A AF-6 recovers on runway 35 for its second flight as 'Lightning II' and with LMTAS F-16D chase as 'Rocket 9' on February 28th, 2011. [Photo by Sebastiaan Does]
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    USAF F-35A AF-6 during recovery on runway 35 for its second flight as 'Lightning II' on February 28th, 2011. [Photo by Sebastiaan Does]
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    The second production model of the F-35A Lightning II, AF-07, completed its inaugural flight on March 4th, 2011 from NAS Fort Worth with Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti at the controls. During the flight, the aircraft underwent basic flight manoeuvring and engine tests. [Lockheed Martin photo by Carl Richards]
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    The second production model of the F-35A Lightning II, AF-07, completed its inaugural flight on March 4th, 2011 from NAS Fort Worth with Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti at the controls. [Lockheed Martin photo by Randy Crites]
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    USAF F-35A #08-7046, the third production model of the F-35 Lightning II, completed its inaugural flight on May 6th, 2011 from NAS Fort Worth with Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti at the controls. [Lockheed Martin photo by Carl Richards]
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    USAF F-35A #07-7045 (known as AF-07) is seen being ferried to Edwards AFB on May 6th, 2011 to begin its flight testing program. Maj. Scott 'Shark' McLaren, U.S. Air Force pilot with the 461st FLTS flew AF-7 on its three hour mission from the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Ft. Worth to Edwards AFB. [Lockheed Martin photo by Darin Russell]
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    The F-35 Lightning II jet known as AF-7 arrives at Edwards AFB on May 6th, 2011 to begin its flight testing program. Flown by Maj. Scott 'Shark' McLaren, USAF Test pilot with the 461st FLTS at Edwards AFB. [Lockheed Martin photo by Darin Russell]