The F-35B Turns the Page on Training

06/05/2012
This video highlights the first training flight of the F-35B at Eglin AFB. The video highlights comments from the CG of the training squadron. Lieutenant-Colonel Berke has been an F-18 pilot, an F-16 pilot, a TOPGUN instructor and served as a ground Forward Air Controller with the US Army for…

First Flight of UK F-35B

04/25/2012
BK-1, the United Kingdom’s first F-35 Lightning II production aircraft, flew its inaugural flight mid-April 2012.  Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti took the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet through a series of functional flight checks during a sortie that lasted 45 minutes. The jet will complete a series of…

Testing the Weapons Pylons on the F-35B

03/11/2012
Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22. The test measured flying qualities with external pylons, inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and centerline 25 mm gun pod. Significant weapons testing for the…

Viewing the First F-35 Night Flight

01/25/2012
01/25/2012 The first night flight in the history of the F-35 Program was completed Wednesday, January 18, 2011 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, launched at 5:05 p.m. PST and landed after sunset…

F-35B Shipboard Trials

12/01/2011
12/1/2011 This video summarizes several days of shipboard trials of the F-35B aboard the USS Wasp in October 2011.  The trials went very well and we reported on those trials earlier on the website. https://www.sldinfo.com/the-f-35-introduces-change-across-the-maritime-fleet/ One of the unnoticed changes are the efficiencies the new systems are introducing with regard…