March 29, 2012 (by Jason Hodgkiss) - In the first of many missions the JSF completed it's first night refueling of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed last Thursday (March 22nd) at Edwards Air Force Base.
The first F-35 night refueling mission with F-35A AF-04 happaned on March 22nd, 2012 at Edwards AFB.
Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, 461st Flight Test Squadron director of operations took AF-4
, the conventional takeoff and landing F-35A variant, rendezvoused in an orbital track with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle. The sortie lasted over three hours.
The F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB
will also be conducting night refueling tests with the KC-10, however no date has been announced for this yet.