Catching Lightning: F-35C on the Nimitz


2015-01-19  The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first arrested landing aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego, November 2, 2014.

This video provides a perspective from the USN with regard to the F-35C coming to the carrier airwing.

The arrested landing is part of initial at-sea development testing expected to last two weeks.

Fleet Combat Camera Pacific


Recently in an interview with Second Line of Defense and on Breaking Defense with Rear Admiral Manazir, the head of Naval Warfare highlighted the importance of the F-35C for carrier aviation:

Fifth generation is opening up so many possibilities that how we used to think about our capabilities is changing; how do we wring out the full capabilities of the air wing with the fifth generation as a catalyst for change?

Where it used to be platform-to-platform, we now have inherent in a single weapon system, the capability to fold in all those things that we used to think were single missions, like the fighter mission, like the attack mission, like the electronic warfare mission.

Those missions were given to separate platforms because we didn’t have the way to fold them into a single platform.  Now we have that capability to do that.  So that fundamentally causes us to look at the way in which we do business in the future.

For our Special Report on the evolution of USN aviation see the following: