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F-35A achieves max angle of attack

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 20, 2012

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flight test program has accomplished another milestone with a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A achieving the jet’s maximum 50-degree angle of attack.

The goal was reached in only four test flights and breaks the previous 20 degree limit imposed on test aircraft until controllability was proven.

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Lockheed Martin said the ability to rapidly progress to the maximum angle of attack indicates a sound aerodynamic and flight control system design. High angle of attack tests will continue on the F-35A for several months, according to the manufacturer, to further test the capabilities of design loadings and the flight control system.

High angle of attack testing will continue on the F-35A for the coming months to prove out dsign loadings and flight systems. (Lockheed Martin)

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