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September 11, 2012

F-35C aircraft in formation

Lockheed Martin photograph
F-35 test pilots Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks and Peter Kosogorin of BAE Systems fly CF-1 and CF-2 during a formation flying qualities test Sept. 5 in the Atlantic Test Ranges. Testing formation flying qualities provides data on handling characteristics. The F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is distinct from the F-35A and F-35B variants with its larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear to withstand catapult launches and deck landing impacts associated with the demanding aircraft carrier environment. The F-35C is undergoing test and evaluation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., prior to delivery to the fleet.




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