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16 May 2011
Sent to NAS Patuxent River, flown by Lt. Col. Matt Taylor during the 2.8 hourr flight from NAS Fort Worth JRB on May 16th, 2011. Aircraft was sent to the Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on June 25th, 2011 for jet blast deflector ground testing at Lakehurst. This ensures the aircraft is compatible with aircraft carrier jet blast deflectors. Made the first airshow appearance of any F-35 on May 21st, 2011 at Andrews AFB.