F-35 Lightning II conducts DT-II aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower


ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 5, 2015) Aircraft launch and recovery personnel prepare to launch aircraft 73/CF-03 from the waist catapult aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Lt. Chris “TJ” Karapostoles, an F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) test pilot assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, has been conducting carrier suitability and integration testing of the of the F-35C carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter aboard the Mighty IKE. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy Lockheed Martin photo by Dane Wiedmann /Released)

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