FSD Aircraft

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    The first F-35A Joint Strike Fighter rolls out of Lockheed's Ft. Worth, TX assembly plant. [LMTAS photo]
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    JSF AA-1 leaving the manufacturing facility and heading for the fuel hangar. [LMTAS photo]
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    JSF AA-1 in transit back to the main hangar. [LMTAS photo]
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    JSF AA-1 back in the main hangar. [LMTAS photo]
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    The first F-35 Lightning II is unveiled at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 7. The stealth fighter was officially named at the ceremony, with the name Lightning evoking two historic fighter aircraft: the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and the English Electric Lightning. [LMTAS photo]
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    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley addresses an audience of dignitaries and industry officials at the unveiling of the F-35 at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. Moseley officially named the stealth jet Lightning II. [LMTAS photo]
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    U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England stands before the first F-35 Lightning II at its unveiling and naming ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 7. England said advanced military hardware, like the Lightning II, is essential to the preservation of freedom worldwide. [LMTAS photo]
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    The F-35 Lightning II [LMTAS photo]
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    F-35 powers out to the runway. On Thursday 07 December 2006, history was made as the F-35 Lightning II moved under its own power for the first time at LM Aero in Fort Worth. After a series of systems checks, the F-35 headed-out to begin low-speed taxi tests. The jet traveled at up to 30 knots on the runway, testing systems such as brakes and nosewheel steering in advance of first flight. [LMTAS photo]
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    The F-35 Lightning II rolls out on December 7th, 2006 at NAS Fort Worth to conduct taxi tests. [Photo by Keith Robinson]
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    The first F-35 Lightning II speeds along the runway at 127 miles per hour on Dec. 12 at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. Engineers will review the taxi-test data before giving the final "go" for the aircraft's first flight. [LMTAS photo]
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    The F-35 Lightning II [LMTAS photo]