FSD Aircraft

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    Initial flight of the F-35 Lightning II on Dec. 15, 2006 over Fort Worth, Texas. [LMTAS photo by David Drais]
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    The F-35 Lightning II cruises over North Texas at 20,000 feet on Monday, Jan. 8. F-35 Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley described the aircraft as "dazzling" as he put it through a battery of handling and propulsion tests on its second flight. [LMTAS photo]
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    [LMTAS photo]
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    [LMTAS photo]
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    [LMTAS photo]
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    F-35 AA-1 engine tests at the start of the System Development and Demonstration phase [LMTAS photo]
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    F-35 AA-1 engine test [LMTAS photo]
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    The F-35 Lightning II during its first flight seen here with an F-16B chase plane from Edwards AFB.
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    The F-35, took off for its first flight on 15 December 2006 from NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX to test the aircraft's initial capability. [USN photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class, D. Keith Simmons]
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    The F-35, took off for its first flight on 15 December 2006 from NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX to test the aircraft's initial capability. [USN photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class, D. Keith Simmons]
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    The F-35, took off for its first flight on 15 December 2006 from NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX to test the aircraft's initial capability. [USN photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class, D. Keith Simmons]