First night flight for F-35

written by | January 20, 2012
F-35A AF-6 has completed the first F-35 night flight. (Lockheed Martin)

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has made its first night flight, Lockheed Martin has announced.

F-35A AF-6 took off from Edwards Air Force Base at 5.05pm on January 18, landing after sunset at 6.22pm, with the jet, flown by Lockheed Martin test pilot Mark Ward, flying a series of straight in approaches in twilight and darkness. Ward also evaluated the F-35’s cockpit lighting, saying it was “the best he’s ever seen”.

BF-7 departs for Eglin. (Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin says night refuelling and formation test flights will take place later this year.


Meanwhile F-35B BF-7 was delivered to the Integrated Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base on January 19.

BF-7 joins two other F-35Bs and six F-35As at Eglin –  more than at any other US base.

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