New look for AF-1

written by | April 15, 2010
AF-1's new fin flashes are revealed. (Lockheed Martin)
AF-1's new fin flashes are revealed. (Lockheed Martin)

JSF test aircraft F-35A AF-1, the first “optimised” A model F-35, has emerged from Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Final Finishes Facility at Fort Worth sporting its robot applied paint coatings and new hand painted fin flashes on its vertical tails.

AF-1 had flown twice late last year before undergoing a period of ground testing, but is being prepared for its return to flight and being ferried to Edwards AFB for continued flight testing.

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  • Bill


    It was mentiond earlier in this piece by, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, that the FA-18 Hornet replaced the Mirage fighters. I thought the F-111 ‘Ardvark’ replaced the Mirage jets around 1967 till 1999 such as the Raaf 6th squadron. If my memory serves me correct the aircraft served our country well until they were superseded by the Hornets, which by the way are an exceptional fighter also.

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