Rolled out on August 18th, 2008. First flight on February 25th, 2009.
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25 Feb 2009
29 Dec 2009
First F-35 to land on a ship.
Operated at NAS Patuxent River. Flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time on June 10th, 2010. The supersonic milestone was achieved on the 30th flight. USMC pilot Lt. Col. Matt Kelly climbed to 30,000 feet and accelerated to Mach 1.07 in the off-shore supersonic test track near NAS Patuxent River. First F-35 to land on a ship on October 3rd, 2011 from the USS Wasp (LHD-1) for initial sea trials along with BF-04. Wore ship name on the tail.