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F-35 AF-7 makes inaugural flight

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 9, 2011
AF-7 takes off (Lockheed Martin Photo By Randy Crites)

The second F-35 Lightning II production aircraft, AF-7, has taken off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, making its first flight last Friday (March 4).

The F-35A CTOL variant flew for 1.3 hours. AF-7 is the second and final aircraft from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 1, with the first aircraft, AF-6, flying for the first time a week earlier on February 25.

The two production jets and eleven preproduction F-35 test aircraft have completed 683 flights since testing began in December 2006.

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